The 330 meter tall hotel is located in pyongyang, North Korea. Construction began in 1987 and was supposed to be finished in 1989. It would have been the the world’s tallest hotel and 7th tallest building in the world. It was designed to have 3,000 rooms, revolving restaurants, casinos, nightclubs, and japanese lounges.
Construction was delayed by material and construction problems in 1989. Then in 1992, due to famine, electricity problems, and funding problems construction stopped. In 2006 the building reached its full structural height, but the building was still not finished. The government tried to find investors to build a new building, but about 300 million would be needed.
Then, in 2008, the Orascom group started work on the hotel. They refurbished the building, starting with the top floors. In late 2008 the focus of construction was on cladding. In 2012, work finished on the hundredth anniversary of North Korea’s ex-leader Kim Il Sung. Orascom said that the purpose of the work was to make the building look better. Currently, the building is still uninhabitable.