10 of the world’s ugliest buildings – CNN

Hotel of Doom

North Korean Hotel of Doom - photo by Joseph A Ferris III

CNN fluff web article on the world’s ugliest buildings:

1. Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea’s long and hideous Communist dictatorship has simultaneously heaped misery upon its people while offering the rest of the world several moments of unintentional hilarity.

This 330-meter pyramid/spaceship/sci-fi villain’s lair-themed concrete edifice is a prime example of the regime’s hubris. Erected, apparently, as a riposte to South Korea winning the right to host the 1988 Olympic Games, the impoverished North ran out of cash for the project in the early 1990s.

After a 16-year hiatus, construction began again in 2008 at the behest of an Egyptian investment group and the hotel is slated to open next year in time for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sun, the country’s late “Eternal” President.

This is a development that will surely herald the emergence of Pyongyang as a heavyweight tourist destination –- in the same alternate reality this monstrosity was conceived, that is.

4 responses

  1. Do you really think it’s that ugly? Doesn’t look too bad on the photo

    January 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    • Not sure if I would consider it the world’s ugliest building – architecture is not my thing, but it sure is out of place dominating the modest Pyongyang skyline. For years the North Korean government would airbrush it out of official pictures. I’m glad it’s close to being finished and I look forward to staying there some day.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:56 am

  2. susan

    speaking of ugly buildings, we have las vegas, which is an entire city of ugly buildings.

    March 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

  3. Alvin-Jr

    it is not the building. it’s the location. what if that thing is located in Dubai?

    July 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

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