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After 16 years the construction of the Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang continues, while North Korean people still suffer

February 20, 2009 – 4:43 pm

Ryugyong Hotel (Korean: 류경호텔) in Pyongyang is a building You probably have seen before. Some people think it’s beautiful, many claim it’s ugly. Personally I like the design. The 330 Meter high building has 105 floors and is supposed to be a hotel. Construction started in 1987, but was stopped in 1992 due to financial problems. Now it seems, like the construction works on Ryugyong Hotel continue. The Egyptian Orascom group is working on the project. Why they would invest in a country like North Korea is unknown, however Orascom helped North Korea to start a third generation Mobile Network. These two projects might be connected in some way.

Picture taken by Kernbeisser in Winter 2008 / 2009. You can clearly see, that a glass facade is added to the building.

North Korea is still some fucked up country. Only government officials are allowed to use mobile phones. It’s forbidden for ordinary people to use these devices. If You do something really bad in North Korea, for example You try to flee, You and Your whole family will be punished. For such severe deeds the 3 Generation punishment is applied. That means: Your spouse, Your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well will be punished. You might end up in some working camp if You’re lucky, or might be sentenced to death. Given the bad situation in North Korean gulags the death penalty might be the more human punishment, depends on the viewpoint I guess.

North Korea Economy Watch has created a special Google Earth overlay for public download named North Korea uncovered There You can see all the details that the North Korean government tries to hide.

The North Korean Blackhole: North Korea during the night, picture taken in 1996 by US satellite.

When You look at Youtube for North Korea videos (there are quite a lot) You can find a lot of depressing stuff. So don’t search unless You want to get into a bad mood. Currently North Korea is taking great efforts to go backwards, while it’s leader seems to suffer from great health problems. During the last 6 months he more or less didn’t appear in public anymore. This raises the question if we can see a new North Korean leader soon. And what kind of changes might come with a new North Korean leader.

I’d like to visit North Korea sometime, hopefully I get a chance to go there and see for myself what’s going on there.

Sexy, innocent North Korean girl says: “We teach our children from the cradle to hate the Japs and the Yankees.” Pircture by Kernbeisser

New Chinese Words about North Korea

朝鲜民主主义人民共和国 Cháoxiǎn mínzhǔzhǔyì rénmín gònghéguó – Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea
朝鲜 Cháoxiǎn – North Korea
平壤 Píngrǎng – Pyongyang
柳京飯店 liǔ jīng fàn diàn – Ryugyong Hotel
古拉格 gǔ lā gé – gulag

  1. 13 Responses to “After 16 years the construction of the Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang continues, while North Korean people still suffer”

  2. I like travelling, and I´m usually curious. But frankly, North Korea can wait!

    By justrecently on Feb 22, 2009

  3. I would love to go there, my former geography teacher’s been there and it must be really amazing, as u get the hints of all the shit that’s going on, but u don’t really get to seem them, as you have a guide who tells you where to go.

    By Aremonus on Feb 28, 2009

  4. “Sexy, innocent North Korean girl”..
    Dude, you must have been way too long in Asia if you call that girl sexy. :P
    @Topic:
    I guess North Korea isn’t a place for traveling and having a great time – do you enjoy dark tourism?

    By Hoeness on Mar 10, 2009

  5. North Korea is a sad result of sick ideology, brainwashing and surpression. If USA had guts, they would liberate North korean people and try Kim Jong-il. But they only invade countries like Serbia, Vietnam and Irak… but the sad truth is, if there is anyone to intervene, it’s usually America.

    By Nino on Mar 13, 2009

  6. So, what would happen after an invasion to North Korea? Is there anyone there, who hast the money for reconstruction of the country? And what to do with all the brainwashed North Korean people? Just invading is short-sighted.

    By Hendrik on Mar 14, 2009

  7. I agree – you can’t liberate people just by toppling their regime. But if North Korea is really likely to get nukes, the group of six could consider attacking the nuclear site and the research facilities and dismantling them. The U.S., Russia, and China are all permanent members of the UN security council, and Britain and France would probably not be in their way.
    But there are two questions that I can’t answer: Is there a great likelihood that North Korea is going to have the bomb soon, and would a short and targeted invasion be feasible?

    By justrecently on Mar 17, 2009

  8. For me, North Korea is a bigger threat than Iraq ever was and also Iran or the middle east. Especially, because of the recent threats coming from Pyongyang. I know it’s a big risk to attack, since Pyongyang would probably drop some heavy bombs on Seoul. But I’m sure people would feel liberated. After all, they are not muslims and once they saw how their free brothers on the other side live, they would be more likely to change their mind about the reality. Somebody should liberate the people, have free elections, free press and democracy and keep the state, transform it and maybe after a decade reunite with the South. There’s no easy solution to this, but there has to be a good plan and a consensus. And there has to be a will.

    By Nino on Mar 17, 2009

  9. @justrecently,
    The big question is, is the North Korean leadership mentally ill in a serious way? Or, do these guys just happen to be the leaders by accident. Normal people who just enjoy their current status, which they inherited from their fathers?

    If the second is the case, they wouldn’t do shit to damage their own position. In that case they know, as soon as they overact, they’ll be out of business. Yes, out of business. I’m absolutely sure the North Korean leaders see their country as their private business, to make money just for themselves. This is not like the West, where politicians are supposed to serve their country.

    @Nino
    As You say, they are not Muslims. An extremist Muslim would kill to get those dont-know-how-many virgins after death. The North Korean will just do what helps them increase their personal, private power. If South-Korea or whoever invades North-Korea, they should set up some barbecue grills and mobile kitchens around the bunkers of the North Koreans. Seconds later You will see all white flags. I guess North Koreans give shit about democracy, but they will instantly join the foreign forces for a sack of rice.

    I have been to China, people there do whatever makes them money. And I have a certain feeling the North Koreans are just the same. They stick to the ideology because, the North Korean government gives them the jobs, food and clothes. You can’t invade North Korea with democracy and human rights, but You can with food, jobs and money.

    Yes there is trained hate towards the West and certain Asian countries, like I stated above in my article. But I doubt it is as deep rooted as it is in an extremist Muslim person.

    I really do not envy those people, who have to find a solution for North Korea.

    By Hendrik on Mar 17, 2009

  10. But who should free North Korea? America? The country’s running out of money and there’s absolutely no way to get anything back from there (Iraq at least had oil). Obama is desperate to decrease the deficite… and a war is damn costy.
    England and France are facing a similar situation.
    Russia has absolutely no interestes in North Korea either; neither for economical nor for political reasons. If North Korea had the bomb, Russia isn’t on top of their “evil” list (if they’d ever use the bomb, which I doubt). China is also not interested in invading North Korea. That would be so much against the communist ideology, a lot of older Chinese citizans couldn’t understand why North Kroea is suddenly evil. The only ones who might support such an action would be Japan and South Korea. Now for Japan it’s quite dangerous to start a war so close to the Chinese borders… that might provocate some associations in the people’s repbulic. And South Korea would put its peope in immediate danger – and even if they win and could unite the Koreas, it would pull down whole South Korean economy. The impact would be even worse than that of the German reunion – and now 20 years afterwards, Germany is still having problems because of it. Does South Korea really want this? I don’t think so.

    So nobody cares about those people, they suffer until they stand up for themselves… which is not going to happen soon.

    By Aremonus on Mar 18, 2009

  11. Pakistan may be more dangerous than North Korea, and I’m no armchair general. But if there was a chance to take the nuclear program without taking much risk, I think the group of five really (six minus one ;) ) might agree to do so. The mafia isn’t mentally ill either, but who wants them to go nuclear?

    By justrecently on Mar 21, 2009

  12. Why would they build a 100 floor hotel anyway? For tourists? What a waste of money!

    By Eleine on Nov 22, 2009

  13. I guess they want to be international or something. Or as a preparation for the time when the country is prosperous and people travel a lot (might take another few centuries).

    By Hendrik on Nov 22, 2009

  14. That hotel is actually a rocket.
    Kim has been watching too many Thunderbirds episodes.
    Haha

    By Motazuk on Jun 11, 2010

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