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Old September 17th, 2005, 01:39 PM   #41
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Let's all go on an SSC fieldtrip!
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Old September 17th, 2005, 03:21 PM   #42
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Looks like a roller coaster or a stock market, thingy...

Anyways... looks deserted...
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Old September 17th, 2005, 03:55 PM   #43
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Centuries from now, it will be looked at like an ancient pyramid.lol
i ve always liked it. yes it is very menacing looking but so unique. something from another planet?
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Old September 18th, 2005, 10:21 PM   #44
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Well, some people think it's ugly, but you must think it's not completed, maybe will be finished with glass or some kind of pannel (if it's finished someday)
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Old September 18th, 2005, 11:55 PM   #45
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Let's all go on an SSC fieldtrip!
Hehehe, good idea!
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Old September 19th, 2005, 08:20 PM   #46
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It's interesting looking at it from space with the aid of Google Earth:


They have central Pyongyang in pretty high resolution. It's absolutely fascinating!
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Old September 20th, 2005, 01:29 AM   #47
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A stunning building. I hope it gets finished.
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Old September 20th, 2005, 01:57 AM   #48
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It looks like some ancient monument or tomb.
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Old September 29th, 2005, 02:11 AM   #49
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heres a quick diagram showing comparison to Australia;s tallest

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Old September 29th, 2005, 02:24 AM   #50
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It looks like a great monument left over from an ancient civilization. Although its abandoned at the moment, I head that the North Korean government wants it's people to believe that it is still being built.
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Old September 29th, 2005, 02:49 AM   #51
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Old September 29th, 2005, 09:55 PM   #52
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I guess that it'll serve nicely as a reference point for the fighterpilots, if North Korea dosn't start to get it's s**t together!
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Old September 30th, 2005, 04:52 PM   #53
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i hope to see it done one day....................
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Old September 30th, 2005, 05:11 PM   #54
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Old September 30th, 2005, 05:17 PM   #55
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Whoa! Is that hotel building ever fugly!!

With the DPRK's government the way it is and its restriction on tourist activity, there's no way in hell they're ever going to fill that thing to capacity.

It really boggles me to think what drove Kim Jong Il to dream up this kind of monstrosity. Maybe he's a delusional man.

Wouldn't surprise me at all if they end up deciding to set it up with a date with the wrecking ball. That is, if an earthquake or a war doesn't do it first.
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Old September 30th, 2005, 05:28 PM   #56
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The NoKo's built this strictly because of ***** envy of the South Koreans that built the world's tallest hotel at the time in Singapore (Swissotel The Stamford).

As a skyscraper fan I would love to see this clad in glass and steel but in reality, if it does get built, in the viewpoint of the DPRK it would be worthless:

"The DPRK maintains strict control over tourists and other visitors. The Ryugyong was designed to have 3,000 rooms, but at the time it was built only a few thousand people were allowed into the country per year, and almost none of them were destined for Pyongyang. Even today, after the establishment of the Kŭmgang-san tourist region, the DPRK only sees about 130,000 tourists per year. Every single one of them could book a week-long stay in the Ryugyong and the hotel would still be significantly under capacity."

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Old October 4th, 2005, 10:49 AM   #57
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I think it's as beautiful as it is ugly. . . .
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Old October 4th, 2005, 11:19 AM   #58
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I love it and always have - what an awesome site - a pity it's unlikely to ever be finished.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 12:37 AM   #59
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I wonder if they'd ever demolish it, or would that be too much money to do?
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Old October 5th, 2005, 01:02 AM   #60
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I'm not sure if they could demolish it. Supposedly it's made of bad concrete, which was poured in an improper manner. Combined with the fact that the structure has been exposed to the elements for a decade, Ryugyong is unstable. It would be dangerous to demolish it piece by piece. An implosion would also be risky. While there is plenty of space around the tower to handle the debris, you still have to drill a lot of holes into a lot of colums to place the charges.

I expect Ryugyong to remain as is, until it collapses from neglect and poor materials.
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