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Lipstick on a white elephant

The ugliest piece of architecture in the world is getting a facelift. Yes, the Ryugyong Hotel after being abandoned for 16 years is having glass panels installed.

Why don't they just tear down the monstrosity some call 'Hotel of Doom', 'Phantom Hotel', or The 'Phantom Pyramid'? In Asia saving face is often more important than displaying common sense. No hotel guest is likely to ever stay in the place. In the meantime more money will be poured down a hole making this building pretty. LOL, bureaucrats are alike all over. They all know how to waste money.

Hat tip- Robert Koehler at Marmot's Hole.


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Why would you not stay the... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

Why would you not stay there if you are in Pyongyang? Seems that would be the best way to avoid looking at it. After all, inside it is the only place in the city where you do not have a chance of seeing the exterior in its whole magnificent awfulness when you are looking out the window.

Well, part of the problem o... (Below threshold)

Well, part of the problem of staying there is that it's never been finished. According to the linked wiki...

"The basic structure is complete, but no windows, fixtures, or fittings were installed when construction came to a halt in 1992, and it has never been certified safe for occupancy. The concrete originally used to build the hotel was of substandard quality, and at one point, according to ABC News, it was actually crumbling."

I'm sure some Party people somewhere got 'rich' off it...

Mark, I'm pretty sure it's ... (Below threshold)

Mark, I'm pretty sure it's not actually safe to be in.

"Ugly" hardly begins to des... (Below threshold)

"Ugly" hardly begins to describe it.

"Lovecraftian" is more like it.

This seems typical of architectural elegance in totalitarian societies;
structures designed to intimidate rather than inspire.

I don't know. If they tore... (Below threshold)

I don't know. If they tore it down, wouldn't we lose something in the world? It's like a monument to absurdity. In a way, it makes perfect sense.

Ugly? Just needs a coat of... (Below threshold)

Ugly? Just needs a coat of paint.






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