North Korean 105-floor ‘Hotel of Doom’ Deserted for 30 Years

It’s a Guinness record holder for world’s tallest unoccupied building

The Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang. Credit: Feng Li/Getty Images

In 1987, work began on the Ryugyong Hotel in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. The hotel name means ‘capital of willows’, which was also one of the historical names for Pyongyang. It was to be over 1000 feet high, have 3000 rooms, a bowling




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Jason Ward

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Freelance Writer, Author, Journalist for 30 years. Mostly lives in Asia., Top writer in History and Culture.

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