The Ryugyong Hotel is known to be the largest abandoned skyscraper in the world. It is located in Pyongyang, North Korea and spires an astonishing 330m (1080ft) with a total of 105 floors. It is also referred to as the 105 building, a reference to its number of floors. Was designed to be a mix use building, expected to house a hotel, restaurant and retail.
Nobody is quite sure why the building is still unoccupied till today, but report says it has been completed and is just awaiting use. Construction began in 1987 but was halted in 1992 when North Korea was plunged into economic crisis due to collapse of soviet bloc. It was said that the building took up to 2% of North Korea’s GDP and cost an estimated sum of $750 000 according to a Japanese newspaper.
From 1992 till 2007,no work was done in the building. An Abandoned crane sat at the top of the building and BBC referred to it as “a reminder of the totalitarian state’s thwarted ambition”.The halt in construction, the rumours of problems and the mystery about its future led foreign media sources to dub it “the worst building in the world”, “Hotel of Doom” and “Phantom Hotel”.
In 2018, an Egyptian company, Orascom group restarted work on the building. The firm, which had entered into a US$400 million deal with the North Korean government to build and run a 3G mobile phone network, said that their telecommunications deal was not directly related to the Ryugyong Hotel work. In July 2011, it was reported that the exterior work was complete and no report concerning internal furnishing was made. Features that Orascom had installed include exterior glass panels and telecommunications antennae work once again was halted after this.
In 2012,international hotel operator kempinski announced it would be managing the hotel which was expected to open from middle of 2013 but in March 2013, plans to open the hotel were suspended.
In April 2018, it was reported that a large LED display featuring the North Korean flag had been added to the top of the building. By May, an LED display had been added to one entire side of the structure, and there were reports that the building was being readied for occupation. By July, the LED display was showing animations and movie scenes. And up till date, nothing has been done in the building and nobody knows what plans North Korea has for this great edifice.