Pyongyang is a city in North Korea, with around 3.2 million inhabitants. It is the largest city in North Korea. Lemi has 3 lists with places in Pyongyang.
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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.
3 months ago
When I visited Pyongyang in 2006, our ever-present guides pointedly ignored this enormous pyramidal hotel which towers over Pyongyang, so we attempted to sneak it into the background of whatever photo we were taking of a Pyongyang monument. Started in 1987, construction was halted in 1992 as North Korea entered an economic crisis. At 330m tall, it is the tallest unoccupied building in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. In 2018 a large LED screen was added which shows patriotic animations, but it seems unlikely the hotel will open any time soon.
a year ago
For surreal experiences is it is hard to beat North Korea but yes some tourists do go there. In 2007 I took a trip to Pyongyang and saw the Mass Games held at the May Day Stadium, the largest sports stadium in the world. Masses of trained dancers and performers create incredible tableaux celebrating their country and their leaders.
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