The Ryugyong Hotel Gets a Makeover

It's been years since we checked in on the Ryugyong Hotel, the monolithic concrete building in Pyongyang, North Korea, that was never completed. After work was abandoned in 1992, officials even denied its existence! But in 2008, the 105-floor structure got a second chance from the Orascom Group of Egypt. A new glass facade gives a less foreboding and more modern look. See more pictures and read about the history of the Ryugyong Hotel at Urban Ghosts. Link

(Image credits: Wikpedia users Timon (left) and Pocketchef (right))

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and think... all those millions of NK's starving in the streets that could have been fed instead... I know... lets have a communist dictatorship here in the US too!!!
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It's not really a makeover, the building was always supposed to have the glass facade.

The rumors were that the concrete work was substandard to the point of being unsafe. Maybe that was untrue, or maybe people decided that it didn't matter.

Some people may recognize this building from a mission in the first Mercenaries video game.
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