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Old January 7th, 2010, 08:08 PM   #1081
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Honestly, its strange how there's a battallion of people ready to point out every little thing with North Korea. Sure, the regime is (economically) incompetent and has done some terrible things, but how does that relate to architecture? The same people don't seem to care about Saudi Arabia, Dubai, China or any of a dozen other totalitarian regimes...

North Korea is a poor (i would say developing, but it's not really) country, but the streetscape and cityscapes that we see aren't much if any worse than Russia, or China outside the big cities. And that's not just Pyongyang, which is considerably more attractive than most Eastern Bloc cities, but also the North korean cities that you can see on the border with China etc.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 07:36 AM   #1082
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Amazing photo! Thank you. The buildings look quite clean.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 02:14 AM   #1083
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Looks like the idealistic future building portrayed perhaps in the 1950s at Disneyland... Space Mountain anyone? I'm fond of how awful it is!
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Old January 10th, 2010, 11:19 PM   #1084
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Old January 10th, 2010, 11:57 PM   #1085
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The exterior work makes a BIG difference!
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Old January 11th, 2010, 12:21 AM   #1086
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Indeed. It looks like a different building now. Nice pics. Does anyone have information about the completion date? It seems that the back sides facing north & west are not cladded at all.
By the way, does anybody know what this cone building is?
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Old January 11th, 2010, 12:56 AM   #1087
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Indeed. It looks like a different building now. Nice pics. Does anyone have information about the completion date? It seems that the back sides facing north & west are not cladded at all.
By the way, does anybody know what this cone building is?
These pictures were uploaded recently, but taken half October. There are pictures further back in this topic that shows cladding on 1 other side. The estimated completion date is 2012, 100 years after Kim Il Sung was born. Everything going on in North Korea is focused on that year, when a 'great, prosperous and powerful nation' should open its doors.
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Old January 11th, 2010, 02:27 AM   #1088
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Oh man, more political BS?
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Old January 11th, 2010, 03:28 AM   #1089
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Wow they already finished the top?!
Someday we'll be telling our grandchildren "I was alive when the tower was still unfinished!"

Last time I checked the update I was the under impression that they had done just one side of the building and had ran out of funds. ???
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Old January 11th, 2010, 04:29 AM   #1090
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Look at the state of that lamp post...
and look at the state of what it seems to be the trolley wires
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Old January 11th, 2010, 10:12 AM   #1091
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Old January 11th, 2010, 10:19 AM   #1092
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the weirdest,mysterious building ive ever seen,but looking uniquely pretty
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Old January 11th, 2010, 01:59 PM   #1093
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Look closely, it's not the same.

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Old January 11th, 2010, 02:37 PM   #1094
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That is the ornament, just like those blue cranes on the Lloyd's building in London



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Last time I checked the update I was the under impression that they had done just one side of the building and had ran out of funds. ???
Well as you can see here, they never even started the other side that is usually not seen http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/...5e069023_b.jpg

As for the funding, we don't know much about that except for that the Egyptians are paying but if they ran out of funds or not is unlikely to be published by NK media so we don't know anything about such things
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Old January 11th, 2010, 03:03 PM   #1095
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I can't wait for someone to take a shot scaling up the tower.....there ought to be some interesting reflections playing on the glass!
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Old January 11th, 2010, 03:05 PM   #1096
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Love how Ryugyong Tower became the focus of the forum after Bruj Khalifa is completed.
I'm not sure it's because the burj construction ended but that the ryugyong picked back up construction!
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Old January 11th, 2010, 05:04 PM   #1097
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It just does not make any sense to speculate that all the sides will not be cladded properly. Could the NK's prevent any photos from being taken of an uncladded side? Maybe, but if there is any possibility of people eventually inhabiting this structure, you can't leave one side open to the elements! Imagine walking down the central corridor of the hotel and the rooms on the left are used, but across the hall you have rain/snow coming in.
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Old January 12th, 2010, 02:49 PM   #1098
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when's the first BASE jump scheduled?
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Old January 12th, 2010, 03:08 PM   #1099
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I would have to admit, its defo getting much better, looking forward to seeing the final product. Its also great to see the building finally getting finished, nothing worse than watching a building rot.

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Old January 12th, 2010, 07:39 PM   #1100
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It was soo much better without the glass!
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