Nearly 20 years after construction began, the gigantic Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang is preparing to open.
The giant pyramid hotel is the largest structure in North Korea and is one of the tallest hotels in the world. With more than 3,000 rooms and 5 revolving restaurants, the hotel is the only one in the world with over 100 stories.
The hotel's walls slope at 75 degrees and has a legacy for nearly 15 years as a 'phantom pyramid' as the lumbering structure hulked over the skyline unfinished, without windows or interior walls.
Now that the exterior is completed, a marvel of gleaming glass, the hotel has a totally different feel.
Scheduled for completion next year (2012), the hotel is preparing to open to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of North Korea's "eternal president" Kim Il-Sung.
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