But first, a voyage back in time. Here's how the hotel was doing back in 2002, via Reuters.
It had a nice sort of '70s panache that may have looked outdated in the early aughts, but now it's totally stylin'. A view from today:
The Luxor has nothing on Ryugyong, right? Here's a view from the side:
Looks great! Progress! Let's take a look inside...
Yeesh. Not too cozy.
Oof! How about some carpeting?
OK, this is depressing. But let's focus on the positive. Have you seen the skylight!?
And the view of Pyongyang is unbeatable!
For a little background, NKNews.org has a nice explainer on the hotel's history. Work began on it in 1987. It was slated for completion by 1989 but was plagued by delays and mismanagement that prevented "Kim Il Sung’s dream of building the tallest building in the world from being realised." Eventually, "building work halted in 1992 and for nearly two decades it remained a dormant triangle on Pyongyang’s skyline, treated by many as a symbol of North Korea’s economic failure." Well, at least Koryo's tourism business is getting a boost from it.