Friday, July 18, 2008

The Phantom Hotel

I found a hotel I definitely would not want to stay in. Not that I'd really have the opportunity because it is located in North Korea.

The Ryugyong Hotel was nicknamed The Phantom Hotel when construction stopped 16 years ago. It has never had one guest.

Considered by many to be grotesque, its construction appears to have been an attempt by North Korea leader Kim Il-sung to compete with the growing economy in South Korea. When money ran out, work on the hotel stopped.

Now fast forward to today when it looks like the building may get a new lease on life. Read about how Egypt's Orascom group appears to be renovating this old corpse.

And I'm STILL pretty sure I wouldn't want to be a guest there.

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