Construction reignited at North Korea’s ‘Hotel of Doom’


North Korea’s creepy and enigmatic “Hotel of Doom” has apparently resumed construction and renovation, according to new satellite imagery.

The new stills of Pyongyang’s 105-story Ryugyong Hotel show construction trucks surrounding the pyramid-like building, along with several other neighboring structures, according to reports from the Daily Mail. Tourist photos have also recently surfaced, revealing cranes and equipment surrounding the hotel.

The “Hotel of Doom,” an impromptu nickname designated by foreign observers, has cost approximately 470 million euros ($552 million) to date. However, the barren structure has yet to open its doors to host a single guest, the Independent reported.

The project started in 1987 under the reign of Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s “eternal president” and the grandfather to Kim Jong Un. However, the 1990s’ famine crisis and an economic downturn forced the project to shut down due to a lack of proper funding.

The skyscraper finally received a grand unveiling this summer after being under construction for nearly three decades. However, again, the doors remained closed to the public.

Last year, in December 2016, visitors reported seeing signs of activity within the hotel for the first time in years when lights appeared to be illuminated inside certain floors of the building.

Despite the shiny, glass exterior of the triangular building, supposedly completed in 2011, it continues to be a mystery as to when the hotel will be open for business to Korean citizens and visitors and why construction activity is being seen.

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