February 1st, 2008

Monstrous Monument

In the capital of North Korea stands a 105 story hotel.  You can't book a room, because it's permanently empty, with no hope of completion.

Esquire Magazine has nominated it as the worst building in the history of mankind:
A picture doesn't lie -- the one-hundred-and-five-story Ryugyong Hotel is hideous, dominating the Pyongyang skyline like some twisted North Korean version of Cinderella's castle.
The article says that the North Koreans poured 2% of their pitiful communist GDP into this concrete pyramid.  They took 20 years to not finish it.

This hotel of doom
Hasn't one bed.

It looms like a tomb
In the land of the dead.