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The futuristic-looking skyscraper in Pyongyang, known to the wider world as the Hotel of Doom. has sat eerily abandoned for decades, effectively flushing $750 million down the drain. For years, it stood as a foreboding symbol of wasted construction, using nothing but millions and millions of tons of reinforced concrete to keep the structure afloat. Today, however, it’s been given a new look — standing at 1,080 feet tall, making it the tallest building in North Korea, the enormous, reflective, glass-panelled skyscraper is impossible to miss.
It’s not often that outsiders are given the chance to set foot in North Korea, but today, with our exclusive government clearance cards, we’ve been granted open access to not only step inside the nation’s borders, but also explore one its architectural icons: the Ryomyong hotel — or, as you already know it as, the Hotel of Doom.
The idea was ambitious: build 3,000 guest rooms, scrape the sky, and throw in five revolving restaurants and a stellar observation deck on its top floors. But since its inception, the building hasn’t delivered; as you’ll quickly realise, today, this 105-story building is no hotel — at least, not yet.
But it could be soon, and we have exclusive insight into what a finished, renovated Hotel of Doom COULD look like. Follow us inside, and let’s see what’s really going on behind those enormous glass panels.
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00:51 Admiring the building from afar
02:31 Entering the lobby
03:39 Touring the rooms
04:28 Exploring the restaurants and observation decks