Ryugyong Hotel: North Korea’s Attempt At Luxury

The infamous hotel, in all her glory.

Nothing epitomizes the conundrum that is North Korea better than the Ryugyong Hotel in the capital city of Pyongyang. It would have been the world’s tallest hotel, had it been completed on time. Instead it has merely become yet another symbol of North Korea’s lofty ambitions and subsequent failure achieve them. Construction started in 1987 with a planned opening date in July of 1989. However by 1992 it was still nothing more than an empty shell and construction was halted for a myriad of reasons, including structural, financial, and economic issues. For 16 years it remained a local eyesore while the North Korean government played coy and denied its existence, much like the Americans and Area 51 except for the fact that this structure sticks out like a sore thumb in the midst of [...]

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North Korea Copies My Blog!

Screenshot: Official DPRK Site

Okay, so they didn’t copy it so much as just use a slightly different version of the same template. But still it made Wired news, which I find hilarious. From The Wired.com Article: The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has a Flash-heavy official webpage in English, to instruct the curious about the peculiar ways of its homebrewed “Juche” ideology (“…the masters of the revolution and construction are the masses of the people and that they are also the motive force of the revolution and construction…”). Not a bad look — functional, elegant — and certainly a step up from the GeoCities-esque design of its official news agency. But, as it turns out, it’s an amateurish look. North Korea’s using a webpage template that costs $15. Not exactly a web presence that screams, “We’re an [...]

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