Photos of enormous NKorea hotel show bare lobby - New York News

Photos of enormous NKorea hotel show bare lobby

Posted: Updated:
A photo released by Koryo Group on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, shows the ground floor of the 105-story Ryugyong Hotel (AP Photo/Koryo Group) A photo released by Koryo Group on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, shows the ground floor of the 105-story Ryugyong Hotel (AP Photo/Koryo Group)
Visitors tour the top floor of the unfinished 105-story Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea.(AP Photo/Koryo Group) Visitors tour the top floor of the unfinished 105-story Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea.(AP Photo/Koryo Group)
The pyramid-shaped 105-story Ryugyong Hotel stands in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Koryo Group) The pyramid-shaped 105-story Ryugyong Hotel stands in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Koryo Group)

A foreign tour agency has released the first public photos from inside the tallest and most notorious building in North Korea: the 105-story, pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel, which remains unfinished more than 20 years after construction began.

Beijing-based Koryo Tours got a peek at the interior of the hotel in Pyongyang, the capital. Photos taken by the company Sunday show a bare concrete lobby, as well as sweeping views of Pyongyang from a viewing platform.

North Korea began building the Ryugyong in the 1980s but stopped when funding ran out in the 1990s. Exterior construction resumed three years ago, but few have been allowed inside. Koryo says it will open in two or three years.

The enormous hotel remains a source of fascination — and ridicule — for the outside world.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:37:51 GMT
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's Mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
  • NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
  • Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:00:18 GMT
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices