Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea: The World’s Largest Hotels

Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea).

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Finally, the massive Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea is almost ready to open its doors to guests after nearly two decades’ construction, according to Architizer.

The pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel is the largest building in North Korea and one of the tallest hotels in the world. It will open in 2012, 33 years after it was originally set to accept guests.

The hotel stood topped out but without windows or interior fittings for the next sixteen years. Construction resumed in April 2008 under the supervision of the Orascom Group of Egypt, which has invested heavily in the North Korean mobile telephony and construction industries.

The company completed exterior work on the building in 2011, and interior work on the hotel’s 360,000 square metres (3,900,000 sq ft) of floor space will continue until 2012 or later. Orascom has stated that the building will contain restaurants, hotel accommodation, apartments, and business facilities.

The hotel rises to a height of 330 metres (1,080 ft), making it the most prominent feature of Pyongyang’s skyline and by far the largest structure in North Korea. Construction of the Ryugyong was intended to be completed in time for the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students in June 1989; had this been achieved, it would have held the title of world’s tallest hotel.

The Ryugyong Hotel under construction

The Ryugyong Hotel under construction in February 2011

The unfinished building was not surpassed in height by any new hotel until the 2009 completion of the spire atop the Rose Tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Ryugyong Hotel is currently the world’s 39th tallest building (alongside the China World Trade Center Tower III) in terms of total height and has the 4th highest number of floors.

You can find out more in Wikipedia if interested. 

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