Hotel of Doom? Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea is probably no-one’s first choice destination, but if you’re like me you may well be somewhat curious as to what it’s actually like. YouTube suggested today’s clip to me about the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, the country’s capital.

Commissioned and begun in the 1980s, no-one has ever spent a night in the Ryugyong. It looks like the rocket ship clock from Play School, and it is probably the most memorable feature of the Pyongyang skyline. It’s certainly the tallest.

But this video, from ‘Geographics’, tells the story of its building and how it symbolised the darkest times of North Korea’s short history as a nation. It’s interesting, sad, and a little scary. But very interesting.

Thanks for popping by today – May the Journey Never End.


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