In Southeast Asia, albino "white" elephants were considered especially prestigious and often owned by kings. The gift of a white elephant, while considered a blessing, also landed the recipient with a fairly useless beast which would cost a lot to house and feed.
A white elephant gradually became to idiomatically mean any expensive venture or building project which was very expensive, with limited use. Whether sports venues built for a big event, or a "bridge to nowhere", here are 12 projects which blew past their already elephantine budgets.
North Korea returns for the second time in this list with this 3km bridge linking Dandong, China with Sinuiju, North Korea. The bridge cost China over US$300 million to build and was supposed to replace the previous Sino-Korean friendship bridge.
While construction began in 2011 and is largely complete, North Korea failed to build anything on their side of the river, so the bridge is completely disconnected from the road network, and the bridge terminates in a large field.
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