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Ryugyong Hotel: North Korea's Not So Secret Hideout

October 22, 2004 at 10:39 AM | by | ()

If Dr. Evil was a real person, he would need a real hideout, and that real hideout may very well be The Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The giant dark monolith is 1,082 feet tall, has 105 floors, yet it is completely empty without a single window.

In one bloggers opinion the Ryugong Hotel is "the single most unsettling structure ever erected by the hand of man".

That same blog, Shape of Days, brings up a great question, which is why does Ryugyong Hotel exist in the first place? Certainly it is not to meet North Korea's mounting tourist demand. The hotel was designed to have 3,000 rooms, yet if every single Pyongyang area visitor booked a weeklong stay, the hotel would still be hanging a vacancy sign on the front door.

So why did North Korea build this not-so-secret-hideout-type structure? We agree with Shape of Days, gotta be national pride.

Unfortunately, looks like national pride gone terribly wrong. The North Korean's started this project back in 1987 and have spent around $750 million or 2% of the country's GDP on the Ryugyong Hotel.

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