Comments on: The Ryugong to be completed, and they mean it this time http://cominganarchy.com/2010/06/29/the-ryugong-to-be-completed-and-they-mean-it-this-time/ Speak Victorian, Think Pagan Wed, 21 Nov 2012 23:12:46 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 By: ChiefBill http://cominganarchy.com/2010/06/29/the-ryugong-to-be-completed-and-they-mean-it-this-time/comment-page-1/#comment-394556 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 14:32:07 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9575#comment-394556 I read that it was to have more hotel rooms then the entire number of foreign visitors to North Korea in any one year. Interesting planning.

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By: Recommended Reading (4th of July Edition) « Automatic Ballpoint http://cominganarchy.com/2010/06/29/the-ryugong-to-be-completed-and-they-mean-it-this-time/comment-page-1/#comment-394536 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 20:36:50 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9575#comment-394536 [...] Supposedly the Rugyong in Pyongyang will finally be finished this time. And they mean it. No foolin’. They’re not yanking our chains this time. [...]

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By: Bud http://cominganarchy.com/2010/06/29/the-ryugong-to-be-completed-and-they-mean-it-this-time/comment-page-1/#comment-394516 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 04:21:01 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9575#comment-394516 I once read a theory that the fall of the Mayan empire was a result of the people getting tired of their kings forcing them to build ever larger and grander pyramids. So they just walked off into the jungle and went back to subsistence living. North Koreans are already pretty much subsistence living so I am not sure where they would go, but I have to wonder how they view the building of this pyramid.

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By: Bob Harrison http://cominganarchy.com/2010/06/29/the-ryugong-to-be-completed-and-they-mean-it-this-time/comment-page-1/#comment-394515 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 22:49:05 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9575#comment-394515 I’ve heard that it’s a hotel. Who visits North Korea?

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By: kurt9 http://cominganarchy.com/2010/06/29/the-ryugong-to-be-completed-and-they-mean-it-this-time/comment-page-1/#comment-394514 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 17:36:54 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9575#comment-394514 Its a hideous looking building.

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By: Chris Swanson http://cominganarchy.com/2010/06/29/the-ryugong-to-be-completed-and-they-mean-it-this-time/comment-page-1/#comment-394512 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 22:57:35 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9575#comment-394512 Good to know NK will be ready for the throngs of people who visit them each and every year… it’s an interesting looking building, I’ll give it that.

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By: Michael http://cominganarchy.com/2010/06/29/the-ryugong-to-be-completed-and-they-mean-it-this-time/comment-page-1/#comment-394509 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 20:20:06 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9575#comment-394509 That assumes it survives whatever liveliness accompanies the opening of NK to outsiders on a large scale. It probably wouldn’t be the safest place in Pyongyang to be during a war with SK and allies.

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By: Master Cook http://cominganarchy.com/2010/06/29/the-ryugong-to-be-completed-and-they-mean-it-this-time/comment-page-1/#comment-394506 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:17:00 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9575#comment-394506 I hate to give the North Korean regime any credit, but this is a handsome looking building, even if it will likely have to be closed for safety reasons in about fifteen years.

With proper maintenance, it might even make a decent hotel, if anyone ever has a reason to visit Pyongyang.

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By: TS http://cominganarchy.com/2010/06/29/the-ryugong-to-be-completed-and-they-mean-it-this-time/comment-page-1/#comment-394504 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 07:23:41 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9575#comment-394504 Is it poetically ironic, coincidental, or just funny that the Egyptians have to step in to help the North Koreans build an enormous, pyramidal monument that commemorates a god-like ruler? I mean, who else would you call?

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By: Curzon http://cominganarchy.com/2010/06/29/the-ryugong-to-be-completed-and-they-mean-it-this-time/comment-page-1/#comment-394503 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 06:07:30 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9575#comment-394503 I saw that program also on US TV several years back. I believe it began with, “all your pets will die.” Nork tower’s done OK for 15 years without any maintenance.

On these pages a few weeks back I did a piece on abandoned Russian wooden buildings that looked almost untouched after being lost for nearly a century. I wonder if they would survive longer than skyscrapers.

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By: Joe Jones http://cominganarchy.com/2010/06/29/the-ryugong-to-be-completed-and-they-mean-it-this-time/comment-page-1/#comment-394502 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 04:32:05 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=9575#comment-394502 Last night, NTV ran a program about what would happen if the human race suddenly disappeared from the Earth. I believe it was a direct translation of a show that aired in the US, with a bunch of moronic comedians thrown in to comment on it.

Anyway, one segment discussed how long certain famous buildings would remain standing if there was nobody around to maintain them. They gave the sail-shaped Burj al-Arab in Dubai a life of 30 years, after which point the salt from the Gulf would eat away at its foundation enough to cause the whole thing to collapse. Big Ben and the Empire State Building were given about 100 years because of the erosion that would occur in the tunnel-riddled earth beneath them (Big Ben is apparently starting to tip over already, albeit very slowly, because of an unfavorably-placed Underground tube).

If prominent buildings like that have such poor chances without regular maintenance, I can only imagine how Nork Tower would fare.

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