North Korea’s ‘Hotel of Doom’ could open in 2013

Hotel News - 05/11/2012

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The haunting ‘Hotel of Doom’ in Pyongyang could open its doors to guests next year, reports said on Monday.

The structure – a 100+ storey pyramid-like giant that dominates the skyline of the North Korean capital – has been vacant since construction began in the mid 1980s. The Ryugyong hotel was slated to open in 1989 just ahead of the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students, but the project fell behind and work on the building was abandoned altogether during the country’s financial crash in 1992.

Since that time, the structure has become known as the ‘Hotel of Doom’ and the “Worst Building in the History of Mankind”. Experts say it is also a major source of sensitivity for the hermit state’s top officials.

But reports said this week that the hotel could finally fulfil its destiny in 2013, as the chief executive of the Kempinski group said that it was aiming to open 150 guestrooms on the top floors when construction is completed next year.

Construction resumed via an Egyptian investment group in 2008, despite the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea ruling in the late 1990s that major cracking in the hotel was beyond repair.

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