Tuesday , October 20 2020

Inside The Ryanggang – North Korea’s Finest Hotel That Has Rock-Hard Beds, Concrete & Power Cuts

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Despite being so secretive, North Korea loves to be in the news all the time. The country and its leader can’t keep itself from doing the strangest things on the planet. From banning jeans to sarcasm, North Korea has done it all.

The infamous North Korea’s famous Ryanggang Hotel in Pyongyang made it to the news recently, as a lot of visitors on TripAdvisor described the nitty-gritties of a good hotel, and Ryanggan was nowhere close to it.

One of the hotel’s brokers stated that it’s a first-class hotel with all luxurious amenities.

Things like spacious rooms, heated floors, and an array of facilities including a bar, restaurants, a clothing shop, gift shop and book shop made it to the list.

Quite contrary to what was written. Upon visiting the place, visitors went through a completely unconventional experience.

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Websites, along with travel brokers, ensured that there will be arrangements for sauna, a karaoke room, movie theatre, ping pong tables and several other recreational activities.

However, what they got was cold water, rock-hard beds, power cuts, concrete and on-going construction work.

Some said that “Western Prisons” are more welcoming.

“Dismal, poorly lit, rock hard beds, miserable food, and intermittent hot water – and these are the good points,” wrote another from Cape Town.

One of the visitors was humiliated for eating too many eggs at the breakfast table.

In 1987, work began in Pyongyang on the 105-storey, pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel. Had it been completed on schedule, by June 1989, it would have been the world’s tallest hotel.

However, 29 years later, the hotel remains incomplete.



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