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Old September 25th, 2012, 04:01 AM   #3781
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Looks like it from the full-resolution image.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shining...45743/sizes/o/
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Old September 25th, 2012, 04:43 AM   #3782
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Despite the negative rumor, have to admit, on its own, it is a very impressive looking building.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 05:55 PM   #3783
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It looks like there is another structure being built behind the lower wall (the one with the red sign) because I think I see columns with rebar sticking up above it, and two cranes. Entrance gates?
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Old September 25th, 2012, 09:32 PM   #3784
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it's not one of the tallest supertalls...but it's still extreme big!
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Old September 25th, 2012, 10:43 PM   #3785
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Notice the landscaping on front of the building is complete or at least nearly completed. All that's left to do is tear down the other wall and landscape the outer section and complete whatever those rebar columns belong to. I think the entrance glass is still not installed,(implying that interior work is still ongoing) and the dome looks like it is still in progress. There is also a tall ornament that is yet to be placed on top of the dome.

Does anybody here read Korean? If so, what does the red sign say?
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Old September 26th, 2012, 02:45 PM   #3786
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Hi guys, I've been a longtime follower of this thread, but came across these interior photos which I believe are the first... so I just had to register an account and share:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact....FjHnHI0A%3D%3D















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Old September 26th, 2012, 02:46 PM   #3787
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These were sent to me today by the tour company I went to North Korea with. Very reputable and reliable www.koryotours.com

They say in their email and I quote "On Sept 23rd Koryo Tours' staff were taken to the top of the enigmatic and oddly iconic 105 storey Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang - we were the first foreigners allowed to take pictures there and are able to print a handful of shots of the ground floor and the open air viewing platform more than 300 metres up.

The view was incredible and breathtaking indeed! The inside of the building still has substantial work to be done but the structure of the lobby and dining area and conference room (all on the ground floor) were visible, sources at the site suggest 2 or 3 more years until projected completion at which time hotel rooms, office space, and long term rentals will be available.

Until then the memories of a view over Pyongyang that many have imagined but few have experienced remain with us. As soon as the building can be occupied we will of course offer tours staying there - stay tuned for further info that we'll beam from the top of the tower!"















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Old September 26th, 2012, 03:06 PM   #3788
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Oh my god, those pics are incredible and priceless
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Old September 26th, 2012, 03:09 PM   #3789
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Wow, amazing foto-story...

I wonder how much money it must be pumped to this building to start basic functionality?
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Old September 26th, 2012, 03:19 PM   #3790
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Very impressive photos, It makes us understand the internal more.

I hope more to come soon.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 03:22 PM   #3791
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the red column looks very random, looks like metal cover, probably used to reinforce some degrading columns.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 03:25 PM   #3792
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Wow what a scoop! Amazing interior and observatory shots.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 04:27 PM   #3793
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Look at the lower left of the 'red column' photo. It seems clear what is being done to the structure.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #3794
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Obviously there were works on making structure stronger. Seems that all stories about unstable structure start to fall into water.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #3795
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Holy ****
i've been waiting for YEARRRRRS for those pictures
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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:22 PM   #3796
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I wonder how much money it must be pumped to this building to start basic functionality?
IIRC, there was a South Korean report that said $2 billion would need to be invested.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:23 PM   #3797
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I want to know how the elevator ride to the top was! I don't see any construction equipment or lighting. It must have been cleaned up for the photos.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:25 PM   #3798
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#3789 and 3790

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Wow...
great picture!!
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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:29 PM   #3799
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And as we can see from the interior, the building isn't unstable. In fact, as some here have pointed out, it's clear that they're increasing its strength.

I'm beginning to seriously question the validity of that report even more than I did before.

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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:34 PM   #3800
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Obviously there were works on making structure stronger. Seems that all stories about unstable structure start to fall into water.
I don't think so. You saw only a single area of what appears to be a hall outside the main building. That tells nothing about what they have done and what they haven't done

Also, we don't know whether the red stuff on those columns is steel reinforcement or just color or cladding

One more think I would like to add is that strength or weakness can't be just "seen" like that. Only their manifestations can be seen and the absence of those isn't proof of anything
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