Capital of Willows Hotel


Depending on what site you read, North Korea's Ryugyong ("Capital of Willows") hotel in Pyongyang is either a disaster indicative of NK's financial mismanagement (source: every web site but one) or almost as big as Kim Jong-il's manhood (source: www.kimjongilrocks.org).

Construction began on the 105-story, 3000-room, 7-revolving-restaurant hotel in 1987, it was added to postage stamps by 1990, and was abandoned due to lack of funding and electricity shortages in 1992. The shell overlooks Kim Il-sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, but lacks windows or any interior features - because the concrete used to construct the frame isn't strong enough to support their weight.

4 comments:

Spice said...

That's freaky. But kind of how I imagine all of NK - just big, showy shells.

Spice said...

I was inspired by this post to read this totally fascinating account of travel in North Korea:

http://1stopkorea.com/index.htm?nk-trip1.htm~mainframe

grrrbear said...

Spice, your comment made me think that the entire country's infrastructure is basically comprised of cream puffs...

Burrito Eater said...

Mmm...cream puffs

That is an insane building...kind of puts Detroit to shame!