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Old January 9th, 2014, 07:17 PM   #5201
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The landscaping?

@ AndyMEng Operable windows are important for hotels and residential spaces. The mechanical floors with the vents are also important for a building this big.

The interior is currently under construction, but nobody knows to what extent, or who will run the hotel, or if it will even be a complete hotel.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 10:52 PM   #5202
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The landscaping? @ AndyMEng Operable windows are important for hotels and residential spaces. The mechanical floors with the vents are also important for a building this big. The interior is currently under construction, but nobody knows to what extent, or who will run the hotel, or if it will even be a complete hotel.
why they need such a big hotel...?i dont think that many will visit north korea
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Old January 11th, 2014, 10:33 AM   #5203
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This one is another ugly building in NK. It just looks out of the place.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 03:21 PM   #5204
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Where did Toronto come from?!
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Old January 11th, 2014, 03:37 PM   #5205
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Where did Toronto come from?!
North. Korea, and its 2nd largest city there
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Old January 11th, 2014, 05:26 PM   #5206
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This one is another ugly building in NK. It just looks out of the place.
The one is SK isn't exactly fitting in either.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 10:57 PM   #5207
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why they need such a big hotel...?i dont think that many will visit north korea
When the hotel was planned and when the construction started the whole soviet union was still existing. Also their economy was not as bad as now. With the soviet nations as partners, i guess there might have been reat potential for hotel guests (diplomats, businessmen, tourists, etc.).

Anyway, once the NK government breaks down and their situation stabilizes, North Korean tourism is expected to boom extremely, as they have countless cultural heritage from old korean dynasties and lots of untouched nature. So maybe in future this hotel might be useful

Btw. I like the design. Modern, unique, and it kinda looks like the headquarter of a supervillain from the 80s
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Old January 11th, 2014, 11:16 PM   #5208
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Yeah, many people tend to forget this building was started in the late 80s, and the economic crash didn't come until the mid 90s. But certainly if one day the Koreans decide to overthrow the government, this building will see a lot more investment and use.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 11:35 PM   #5209
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It is a great building and due that North Korea is different to the rest of the world maybe tourist´s will go to see the remaining truly communist country in the world. No other place is like that it is like a Disneyland of something like that is completely different in a world with personal cars, personal PC's, cable TV, internet and other choices.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 02:39 AM   #5210
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Who's gonna stay here? North Koreans? Russians? Cubans?
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Old January 12th, 2014, 03:49 PM   #5211
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Who's gonna stay here? North Koreans? Russians? Cubans?
These days North Korea has about 3-4,000 tourists from western countries and about 25,000 tourists from China per year. Those numbers grow. Once the regime is gone, its hard to predict how many more people might come.

Pyongyang alone is worth a visit. A huge city with unique architecture and a complete lack foreign influence and other things that we are used in every other city, like for example, the complete lack of advertising and brands.

Here are some unique pics and comments about life in the city, if someone is interested: http://www.dominik-schwarz.net/reisen/nordkorea2013/
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Old January 13th, 2014, 02:28 AM   #5212
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The capacity is big enough to accomodate ALL foreign tourists who visit North Korea. That might even be the plan. Today all those tourists stay in no more than two or three hotels. I think they might even close those, once Ryugyong Hotel is completed.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 02:38 AM   #5213
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There is actually another hotel in Pyongyang under construction apart from Ryugyong, though there hasn't been an update on it since its rebar foundations last year. So I doubt they would ever close the other two main hotels.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 10:35 AM   #5214
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Maybe there are also apartments for high-class party officials? Or office space, for example for the Egyptian company that financed the hotel? Who knows..

But I guess we don't even know when or if the interior will be finished.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 06:52 AM   #5215
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http://sourceable.net/north-korean-u...lobal-example/
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Old January 30th, 2014, 12:35 PM   #5216
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Because there are people in North Korea I wish them well...but they have no idea about the real world. The real world is great and bad...so guess not so different but freedom is something very special.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 03:57 PM   #5217
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You said it. By that rationale, are the North Koreans missing that much from our western culture? Is it Pepsi? Justin Bieber? F1? Or perhaps the bankster mafia?
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Old January 30th, 2014, 09:02 PM   #5218
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This building really has a timeless look that will stand up well with the passage of the years. It looked good 20 years ago and it will look great 20 years from now. Its Art Deco futuristic design is unique, even for that adventurous form of architecture.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 08:32 AM   #5219
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This building really has a timeless look that will stand up well with the passage of the years. It looked good 20 years ago and it will look great 20 years from now. Its Art Deco futuristic design is unique, even for that adventurous form of architecture.
I don't see any Art Deco in that building.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 05:02 PM   #5220
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You're right, it is Expressionist.
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