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Old November 27th, 2010, 08:16 AM   #2061
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also, can a mod please ban 'nuwanda'? his bantering might be more tolerable if he grasped a true understanding of politics...
Just because you don't agree with what he has to say, doesn't mean he doesn't have an understanding of politics. In fact, he seems to have a better grasp of the world than most of the communist dolts in this thread. If you ban him, ban all the political commentators in this thread and stop being such a biased jackass.

Does anyone think this building would be cool for a James Bond villain's HQ? Or maybe Batman's new lair.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 02:17 PM   #2062
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the most beautiful building the world has ever seen.

LONG LIVE KIM JONG!! he leads us to world dominance!!
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Old November 27th, 2010, 04:22 PM   #2063
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LONG LIVE KIM JONG!! he leads us to world dominance!!
If he's doing a good job, then how come South Korea is one of the richest countries in the world, while North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world? How could he let this happen?

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Old November 27th, 2010, 05:07 PM   #2064
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If he's doing a good job, then how come South Korea is one of the richest countries in the world, while North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world? How could he let this happen?
Wrong place. Here is about buildings.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 06:54 PM   #2065
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Reminder -- this isn't a 100% pure hotel like originally intended anymore. Sources, including BBC and Orascom, have mentioned it is a multi-purpose building involving hotel, offices, residences, and revolving restaurants.
yes, but at that rate, you only need 1 hotel room....
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Old November 28th, 2010, 06:53 AM   #2066
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Here's some more, pictures taken only 4 days ago!

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OMG... they finished the facade!!! wonderful, i love that skyscraper!... i hope to be there someday.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 08:16 AM   #2067
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OMG... they finished the facade!!! wonderful, i love that skyscraper!... i hope to be there someday.
WOW! Unbelivable Miracle,North korea!
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Old November 28th, 2010, 07:42 PM   #2068
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I'm trying to guess how many lives have gone for making this King Kong Il's wet dream
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Old November 28th, 2010, 10:37 PM   #2069
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awsome. Finaly fisished cladding. Now it looks amazing!
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Old November 28th, 2010, 10:48 PM   #2070
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Yep, the economic model adopted by 99% of the world's most prosperous countries is not fair or stable.
it is for sure not stable and not fare mostly. but nothing better is invented atm.

the buidling itself looks inspiring and fascinates me. with cladding it looks so much better. this bulding is more impressive than most of London or Moscow skyscrapers by far, btw. and yes, it is supertall.

I hope the Great leader will find a way how to use it. and I hope after he will die the NK could become more open step by step and join SK gradually with no harm to anybody but big gain for everybody.

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Old November 29th, 2010, 06:52 AM   #2071
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Two functioning trolleybuses in one shot! So no electricity problems on that particular day, unless these two are stopped in their tracks (or, more accurately, stopped in their wires). But I highly doubt that because you can see a couple of passengers out the rear window of the red trolleybus.

The green one on the left looks like something from the 1950s. Hard to believe those are still running.

That yellow sign means that there's a pedestrian crosswalk ahead, but I can't see any zebra stripes on the pavement. There is a pedestrian who appears to be jaywalking across this six-lane avenue. Is that tolerable in a police state?

What is also interesting about this shot is that the platform in front of the hotel is still raw concrete. It hasn't been glassed up or anything. Which suggests that the priority was how this building would look from afar, in the skyline, instead of up close, where few would see it.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 07:23 AM   #2072
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Two functioning trolleybuses in one shot! So no electricity problems on that particular day, unless these two are stopped in their tracks (or, more accurately, stopped in their wires). But I highly doubt that because you can see a couple of passengers out the rear window of the red trolleybus.

The green one on the left looks like something from the 1950s. Hard to believe those are still running.

That yellow sign means that there's a pedestrian crosswalk ahead, but I can't see any zebra stripes on the pavement. There is a pedestrian who appears to be jaywalking across this six-lane avenue. Is that tolerable in a police state?

What is also interesting about this shot is that the platform in front of the hotel is still raw concrete. It hasn't been glassed up or anything. Which suggests that the priority was how this building would look from afar, in the skyline, instead of up close, where few would see it.
The subway and tram systems always run in Pyongyang. The electric shortage is more evident at night, when all of the homes use low wattage bulbs and few streetlights are lit.

Yeah, they probably still use the old Soviet designs. If it still functions, it's still used, especially considering that North Korea is economically isolated.

It probably is tolerable, since there is very little traffic. I don't even think they need to draw zebra stripes for pedestrians, as the streets are almost always empty.

They appear to be working on it (notice the crane below). It would be nice if they let tourists a little bit closer to the tower for some closer pictures.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 07:37 AM   #2073
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this thing looks like ass
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Old November 30th, 2010, 07:57 AM   #2074
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Just because you don't agree with what he has to say, doesn't mean he doesn't have an understanding of politics. In fact, he seems to have a better grasp of the world than most of the communist dolts in this thread. If you ban him, ban all the political commentators in this thread and stop being such a biased jackass.
Thanks.

Yes, ban nuwanda!

Oops, that's me!

My goal was to point out that it's a nasty amoral trait to divorce the appreciation of a building from its intended purpose. I mean, would you attempt to appreciate the industrial efficiency of Auschwitz without regard to its intended function?

Sorry, now I'm being too philosophical!
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Old November 30th, 2010, 11:17 AM   #2075
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That yellow sign means that there's a pedestrian crosswalk ahead, but I can't see any zebra stripes on the pavement.
In Pyongyang there are pedestrian underpasses at junctions, which is probably what the crosswalk sign is referring to. Of course, they're unnecessary given the low level of traffic, but so are six lane highways. However, building underpasses is logical based on the amount of traffic that a six lane road would theoretically be carrying. Pyongyang was almost entirely destroyed during the Korean War, and the North Korean authorities rebuilt it as a model socialist city in the expectation of a prosperous future.

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Old November 30th, 2010, 03:41 PM   #2076
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In Pyongyang there are pedestrian underpasses at junctions, which is probably what the crosswalk sign is referring to.
I doubt it's sign for underpass. This is sign for approaching pedestrian crossing, sign for underpass is blue and rectangle-shaped.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 07:59 PM   #2077
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They appear to be working on it (notice the crane below). It would be nice if they let tourists a little bit closer to the tower for some closer pictures.
They are slowly starting to. At least a few, got right up to the construction fence. (There are several pictures posted a few pages ago)
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Old November 30th, 2010, 08:48 PM   #2078
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I did not see any close up pictures> (right up to the construction fence) !Please repost them if you can!
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Old November 30th, 2010, 08:58 PM   #2079
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Yeah, they probably still use the old Soviet designs. If it still functions, it's still used, especially considering that North Korea is economically isolated.
Old Soviet designes are still used in Russia too, but not because of economical isolation or poverty. Some new designs are often much worse in quality - they literally fall apart just after the first ride.
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Old December 1st, 2010, 05:21 AM   #2080
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I did not see any close up pictures> (right up to the construction fence) !Please repost them if you can!
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Go directly to flickr site for hi-res photo to take a closer look at the slaves.
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