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November 4, 2012

The Hotel of Doom

In honor of a certain Anglican clergy who has embraced the doom prediction strategy, I give you The Hotel of Doom to accompany The Doom Song.

It was scheduled to be completed in 1989 in time for the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students.

But construction was abandoned in 1992 when North Korea suffered an economic crisis.

Its hulking, unfinished presence has long been an embarrassment for the North Korean leadership, analysts say.

It was voted “Worst Building in the History of Mankind” by Esquire magazine in 2008.

The American publication called it “hideously ugly, even by communist standards.”

There are reports of poor construction and the use of inferior materials.
The Ryugyong Hotel stand above the smog dominating the Pyongyang skyline in 2011 Work on the hotel was abandoned for 16 years

A delegation from the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea, which inspected the building almost 15 years ago, concluded it was beyond repair and its lift shafts crooked.

But in 2008 an Egyptian company, Orascom Telecom, which operates a mobile phone network in North Korea, began equipping the building.

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North Korea reports: “In a magnanimous gesture of good will and to display the global influence of our glorious revolution, the young American singer Frank Sinatra will be the lounge act for our hotel’s auspicious opening.”

[1] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 11-5-2012 at 12:32 PM · [top]

Oh, and I heard that one of the hold ups came when GenCon passed a resolution demanding that all of the Glorious People’s Relief Stations (bathrooms) be unisex.

[2] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 11-5-2012 at 12:34 PM · [top]

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