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'Worst building in the history of mankind' gets a face lift
reuters ^ | 9/7/09

Posted on 09/07/2009 7:03:50 PM PDT by mathprof

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-meter (1,083 ft) 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 3,000-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.

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The other Dear Leader's great work.


1 posted on 09/07/2009 7:03:50 PM PDT by mathprof
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To: mathprof; TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; SevenofNine; Kathy in Alaska; rdl6989

It’s still ugly.


2 posted on 09/07/2009 7:05:21 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: mathprof

Communism sure leads to creativity and drive doesn’t it?


3 posted on 09/07/2009 7:05:51 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: mathprof

Do they actually get tourists in Pyongyang, and is each room hard-wired with bugging devices?


4 posted on 09/07/2009 7:06:24 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ugly lite. On Wed, our Dear Leader will present ugly lite to us.


5 posted on 09/07/2009 7:06:28 PM PDT by mathprof
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To: mathprof

I heard that it was made with substandard concrete and it’s crumbling.


6 posted on 09/07/2009 7:07:53 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Senator Goldwater

yes each room is wired but they don’t have enough electricity. so they just station a monitor in the room with ya


7 posted on 09/07/2009 7:08:42 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: mathprof

I wonder if the other side has glass as well.


8 posted on 09/07/2009 7:09:58 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: mathprof
Looks like something that should be on the Klingon home world.
9 posted on 09/07/2009 7:10:13 PM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: driftdiver

NK is a dark place at nite. All this glass is meant to catch and reflect starlight. Passive nightime lighting?


10 posted on 09/07/2009 7:10:59 PM PDT by umgud (Look to gov't to solve your everday problems and they'll control your everday life.)
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To: driftdiver
I wonder if the other side has glass as well.

Nope. If you read the article. They can only afford to do it one side at a time.

11 posted on 09/07/2009 7:11:13 PM PDT by mathprof
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To: mathprof

I bet Van Jones would love to “stay” at the very tiptop of that thing.


12 posted on 09/07/2009 7:11:46 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: mathprof

Definite Gao’uld influence...


13 posted on 09/07/2009 7:12:38 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: mathprof

They’re supposed to finish just in time for the building to collapse.


14 posted on 09/07/2009 7:13:14 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: mathprof
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.

This statement is composed of the same empty rhetoric we hear from our -11 dear leader.

15 posted on 09/07/2009 7:14:40 PM PDT by A message (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days until Jim Thompson is President)
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To: Jet Jaguar

If you think this looks bad, wait till you see Obama’s presidential library


16 posted on 09/07/2009 7:14:52 PM PDT by True Grit
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To: mathprof

Please. It looks far better than the EMP in Seattle.


17 posted on 09/07/2009 7:15:16 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: mathprof

Whole damned thing is empty —or one single floor SOMETIMES has folks there.

Must be like an episode of the Twilight Zone to stay there...


18 posted on 09/07/2009 7:15:44 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Jet Jaguar

It would be an interesting building in a city like Tokyo or NY, but as the only tall building in a city it looks like crap..


19 posted on 09/07/2009 7:15:51 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: mathprof

Well, at least the sky looks clearer. O, right... idle factories don’t pollute.


20 posted on 09/07/2009 7:16:10 PM PDT by dangus (I am JimThompson)
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To: mathprof
Gherkin, by Foster. The iconic Swiss Re office building of Norman Foster, Foster and Partners, in London city has the incidental iconography of a gherkin. If you type the word ‘gherkin’ on Google Images you have a hard time finding a picture of a real gherkin between all the images of the Swiss Re building. The metaphor takes over the original.
21 posted on 09/07/2009 7:16:17 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (These are the times that try men's souls.)
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To: mathprof

Well, that is an improvement. Now it looks like a big electrical insulator.


22 posted on 09/07/2009 7:17:58 PM PDT by PLMerite (Speak Truth to Stupid.)
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To: mathprof
This hotel building in Pyongyang is just ugly, period.

Even this building, the main building of Moscow State University:

looks way better in comparison.

23 posted on 09/07/2009 7:18:38 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: mathprof

IMO the Petronas Towers in Malaysia takes the prize for ugliest.


24 posted on 09/07/2009 7:19:12 PM PDT by cydcharisse
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To: RayChuang88

Actually, that building doesn’t look so bad.


25 posted on 09/07/2009 7:19:46 PM PDT by mathprof
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To: Jet Jaguar

I bet it get one star review by Priceline.com users LOL!


26 posted on 09/07/2009 7:20:44 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: mathprof

IMO the Petronas Towers in Malaysia takes the prize for ugliest.


27 posted on 09/07/2009 7:21:09 PM PDT by cydcharisse
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To: mathprof

Ahhhhhhh. Beautification brought to you by SLAVE LABOR.


28 posted on 09/07/2009 7:21:22 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ~ George Orwell)
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To: mathprof

CGI?


29 posted on 09/07/2009 7:21:24 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: cydcharisse
I vote for the Water Tower in Ypsilanti, MI. I think it's embarrassing, actually.
30 posted on 09/07/2009 7:22:49 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: mathprof
Some of my least favorite buildings:


31 posted on 09/07/2009 7:23:13 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: A message
“great and prosperous nation by 2012,” They haven't hit the stone age yet.
32 posted on 09/07/2009 7:25:31 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: RayChuang88

I don’t know I think North Korea building take the cake this just like Soviet style type of building it okay not most beautiful building in the world


33 posted on 09/07/2009 7:26:38 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: RayChuang88

Lol, wow, that building has “State Control” writtin all over it.


34 posted on 09/07/2009 7:27:02 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: mathprof

The “Ronely Hotel”...


35 posted on 09/07/2009 7:27:28 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: mathprof

I think the EMP in Seattle takes first prize.

36 posted on 09/07/2009 7:28:45 PM PDT by MaxMax (Don't stop them when they're imploding, just step out of their way)
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To: mathprof

The Clinton Lie-brary also makes a definitive statement about a certain Bubba

37 posted on 09/07/2009 7:28:56 PM PDT by Zakeet (I get wee-wee'd over ObamaCare)
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To: RayChuang88

That building just screams “communism”. Ugh. Shivers.


38 posted on 09/07/2009 7:30:13 PM PDT by Gapplega
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To: mathprof

Not sure why but I think she belongs on this thread.

39 posted on 09/07/2009 7:34:39 PM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support Sarah. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/sarahpalin?ref=nf)
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To: mathprof

40 posted on 09/07/2009 7:35:18 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Zakeet

OMIGOD ... IT LOOKS LIKE - A DOUBLEWIDE

(I would be ashamed)


41 posted on 09/07/2009 7:37:55 PM PDT by _Jim
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To: umgud
NK is a dark place at nite.

North Korea at night from a satellite. Quite the contrast from South Korea,(and even rural China) eh? (I assume the one dot of light there is Pyongyang...

42 posted on 09/07/2009 7:38:35 PM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: Senator Goldwater
Do they actually get tourists in Pyongyang, and is each room hard-wired with bugging devices?

Watch this, it is one of the most facinating videos on the web.

VICE Guide to North Korea

43 posted on 09/07/2009 7:38:38 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: RayChuang88

Made me think of a castle at first but after taking a second look, it looks more like a maximum security prison.


44 posted on 09/07/2009 7:41:27 PM PDT by DrGunsforHands
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To: stayathomemom

Still standing? Then the rule still applies.


45 posted on 09/07/2009 7:42:00 PM PDT by patton (Obama has replaced "Res Publica" with "Quod licet Jovi non licet bovi.")
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To: mathprof
Remote viewed from a 2035 news article:

But few expect the U.S. will ever finish implementing Obama's "Ryugyong Hotel," started in 2009 and halted for 16 years because it could have bankrupted the nation.

46 posted on 09/07/2009 7:42:11 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Gapplega

Mind you, they deliberately building the Moscow State University building—among with six other skyscrapers there—as “proof” of the superiority of Communism. They applied the same ridiculously ornate style to the Moscow Metro stations, too.


47 posted on 09/07/2009 7:43:18 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: stayathomemom

Boston City Hall. Or as the locals call it "the Packing Case that Faneuil Hall came in".

48 posted on 09/07/2009 7:43:43 PM PDT by hc87
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To: RayChuang88

Then there is this monstrosity of a building in downtown Warsaw that was Uncle Joe's "gift" to the Polish people.

49 posted on 09/07/2009 7:44:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DrGunsforHands

How will it handle an earthquake, given the rigid form?

And what do they imagine will be served in the six empty restaurants, given that NK has no food?


50 posted on 09/07/2009 7:45:37 PM PDT by patton (Obama has replaced "Res Publica" with "Quod licet Jovi non licet bovi.")
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