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Old September 6th, 2009, 01:18 AM   #641
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Im surprised by how this turned out, very nice!
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Old September 6th, 2009, 12:56 PM   #642
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i thought we have seen pic of the other sides and they have glass on them ?
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Old September 6th, 2009, 11:03 PM   #643
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The following users have been brigged for 3 days for trolling this thread with political crap:

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If any of you reoffend, next time it'll be 1 month.

I only picked the worst cases of the last 3 weeks, otherwise I would have to brig more than 25 forumers.

Promise, if anyone posts off topic stuff (politics, etc), he will be brigged.



No surprises I guess, both gothicform and me have posted countless warnings earlier. Honestly, we have better things to do than taking care of a lot of brats that can't respect the World Development News forum without polluting it with politics. I had to delete more than 250 posts!

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Old September 6th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #644
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I should visit NK when this building is done!
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Old September 7th, 2009, 03:04 AM   #645
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I really like the top.

I wonder if the restaurants will be able to rotate as planned
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Old September 7th, 2009, 03:11 AM   #646
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Looks like they're also constructing a podium:

Well, I must say, this is a true surprise for me...

I didn't know the Ryugyong project was still on the run...
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Old September 7th, 2009, 03:14 AM   #647
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Judging from the looks of that picture, it also seems some of the smaller apartment buildings have been repainted. Urban beautification is appreciated in all countries, at least in my books.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 03:18 AM   #648
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But, is the structure 100% safe?
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Old September 7th, 2009, 04:33 AM   #649
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Not sure about that, but I assume the developer would have done some structural-integrity upgrades (especially the interior support) before proceeding with the cladding and completion works...

Still, it's a pleasant surprise to see that decaying building in vibrant blue and white colors... If NK ever opens its doors to foreign tourists to visit the country freely, I'll certainly make a trip there and check out the Ryugyong as well!
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Old September 7th, 2009, 04:42 AM   #650
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On another note... looking at more photos of this tower...
It is incredibly out of place looking... The random monolith.
Hahaha, I have to agree with the out-of-place part... However, at least the building is now more in-place with the entire skyline in terms of design... Rather than an old, brownish, decaying giant, the Ryugyong is now a shining blue icon although it still dwarfs every other high-rise in Pyongyang!

Btw, the top floors certainly look good (will the revolving restaurants be in place though?)... Completed exactly as depicted in the render in the previous page!
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Old September 7th, 2009, 08:07 AM   #651
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Looks like they're also constructing a podium:

I have to ask. Are they using the old crane at the top? Or is it essentially rusted into one piece and does not even move? It seems like its in the same position in both photos, or is that just luck?

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Old September 7th, 2009, 11:34 AM   #652
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A towering North Korean hotel which Esquire magazine once dubbed "the worst building in the history of mankind" has come back to life with a facade of shiny glass windows affixed to one side of the concrete monolith.

But few expect the North will ever finish construction of its 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel, started in 1987 and halted for 16 years because it could have bankrupted the destitute state.

"The hotel doesn't look as shoddy as it once did, probably because of the reflective glass," said a member of a civic group in South Korea that recently returned from a visit to the North.

The 330-metre tall hotel dominating the Pyongyang skyline consists of three wings rising at 75 degree angles capped by several floors arranged in rings supposed to hold five revolving restaurants and an observation deck.

Foreign residents of Pyongyang contacted in Seoul said Egypt's Orascom group began renovations last year.

The peak of the 3000-room hotel, in a country that permits few foreigners to visit, is encircled in new rings of shiny steel. Mirrored glass has yet to be affixed to the other sides of the muddish-grey concrete structure, foreigner visitors said.

"North Koreans told me that you put the glass on one side and if all goes well and looks fine, you then continue on to the others," the civic group member said.

Analysts said the North was likely sprucing up the Ryugyong's facade as part of a campaign to try to turn the state into a "great and prosperous nation" by 2012.

The communist North started construction in a suspected fit of jealousy at South Korea, which was about to host the 1988 Summer Olympics and show off to the world the success of its rapidly developing economy.

But by 1992, worked was halted. The North's main benefactor the Soviet Union had dissolved the previous year and funding for the hotel dried up.

As the North's economy took a deeper turn for the worse in the 1990s, the empty shell became a symbol of the country's failure, earning the nicknames "Hotel of Doom" and "Phantom Hotel."

For a time, the North airbrushed images of the Ryugyong Hotel from photographs.

Architects said there were questions raised about whether the hotel, which has never opened for guests, was structurally sound and a few believed completing the building could cause it to collapse.

Estimates published in South Korean have put the costs of completing the hotel and making it structurally sound at as much as US$2 billion (A$2.34 billion), more than 10 per cent of the North's yearly gross domestic product.


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Old September 7th, 2009, 12:24 PM   #653
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hopefully its all good, wouldnt mind staying a night there...
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Old September 7th, 2009, 05:40 PM   #654
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the cladding is progressing very fast!
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Old September 7th, 2009, 08:17 PM   #655
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I'm much more interested in the fact that they are actually working on the ground-level part as well. Could be an indication that they are really hoping to finish it, otherwise they could just leave the tower part cladded with glass and forget (or even demolish) the rest which is not visible from far away.
I was thinking the same thing by then I thought maybe the ground-level part (and maybe the restaurants on top) would be all they use. That way you would give a very good impression without having to be totally finished.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 10:42 PM   #656
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This guy is coming along nicely. I'm actually excited to see the finished product. The building and history of the project is quite amazing.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 04:07 AM   #657
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This looks brilliant with some of the cladding on. It will look superb when finished.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 04:11 AM   #658
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This is beautiful!!
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Old September 9th, 2009, 04:12 AM   #659
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It's looks a lot better with the cladding. It is interesting how this will be the tallest structure on the Korean peninsula for a couple years.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 04:19 AM   #660
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isn't it currently the tallest in the peninsula? (or is it because unfinished structures aren't counted?)
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