February 24, 2008

This Building Is Awesome, In A Worst-Building-Ever Sort Of Way

It takes a truly twisted totalitarian outcast like North Korea to really do something like this.

"In 1987, Baikdoosan Architects and Engineers put its first shovel into the ground and more than twenty years later, after North Korea poured more than two percent of its gross domestic product to building this monster, the hotel remains unoccupied, unopened, and unfinished."

"Construction on the Hotel of Doom stopped in 1992."

"[T]he Ryugyong Hotel -- the 22nd largest skyscraper in the world -- is a failure on an enormous scale...."

Above snippets from the Eva Hagberg article in Esquire Magazine Online January 2008.


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