Ryugyong Hotel | Image: Laika ac
Neatorama last updated readers on the Ryugyong Hotel in 2012, when it was given a new glass facade by Orascom, an Egyptian company. Before the glass exterior was added, work on the monolithic building in Pyongyang, North Korea had stalled due to loss of financial backing by the Soviet Union in 1992. Work started on the structure in 1987, with North Korea eager to build what was to be the tallest hotel in the world.
When the Russians dropped out of the project in 1992, the 105-story, 1,083-foot building became the largest abandoned building in the world. And now so it remains, since the Egyptian company that built the glass surface has dropped the project. The shimmering facade of the edifice -- dubbed the "Hotel of Doom" by some -- is said to be a shell covering a virtually featureless structure with no plumbing or electricity.
Read more about the abandoned hotel, including what it will take to finish and who could be capable of such a monumental task, here.
Ryugyong Hotel | Image: calflier001