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Miles
06-15-2006, 04:04 PM
I found this to be very interesting:

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?t=82755

siberian khatru
06-15-2006, 04:11 PM
http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/images/stuartcoles/2005/12/17/kim_jong-il_team_america.jpg

"I'm so Ronery
So ronery
So ronery
and sadry arone ..."

ChiTown
06-15-2006, 04:18 PM
Those were great pics.

Until you have travelled to a third world country (especially parts of Asia), you have no idea how good you really have it in the good ol' US of A.

ChiefaRoo
06-15-2006, 04:31 PM
Great pics. I went to China the first time in 1991 and their country looked a lot like these pics then.

Remember these pics are of their best city and the areas that foreigners allowed to visit. If you went to the countryside away from the "tourist trail" you'd find starvation, sickness death and human misery at it's worst. NK has lost over 2M people to starvation in the past decade. Truly horrible that these people are so thoroughly manipulated by the cult of personality that is Kim jong-Il . Great leader ... HA!

Fish
06-15-2006, 05:15 PM
Wow... that was really cool... good link...

http://www.scottwhitten.net/nk/nk4.jpg
I love the propaganda posters.....

Halfcan
06-15-2006, 05:17 PM
Wow cool pics, would love to go there.

Adept Havelock
06-15-2006, 06:20 PM
Thanks for the link, Miles. Try reading "Aquariums of Pyongyang" sometime. It's a bio by a guy who grew up in a fairly prominent party family that fell into disfavor. This kid grew up in the DPRK Gulag system, escaped to China, and now works as a journalist in the ROK. Interesting stuff.

recxjake
06-15-2006, 06:29 PM
i hope they are next!

Jeb Bush 08!

NJ Chief Fan
06-15-2006, 06:35 PM
you couldnt pay me to go to any part of asia

Rain Man
06-15-2006, 09:04 PM
you couldnt pay me to go to any part of asia

I wouldn't want to live there, but it's a nice place to visit.

These are way cool photos. I would've loved to have seen more about how people live - where they buy food, their clothes, etc. That might all be off-limits, though.

That hotel was pretty wild. If it would've been finished, it would've been cool, but the fact that it's there decaying in a big city is symbolic.

That may be a Korean thing, though. When I was in South Korea, I lived partway up this big hill on a college campus, and at the top of the hill was a gorgeous gothic library that was half-completed from several years earlier and decaying. They had built most of it and then stopped when they ran out of money. Then I went to another campus and they had a similar decaying library. It made me wonder why their construction people can't do math.

Miles
06-16-2006, 04:20 AM
That hotel was pretty wild. If it would've been finished, it would've been cool, but the fact that it's there decaying in a big city is symbolic.
For some reason I have been somewhat fascinated by that building since I first saw pictures of it a while back. The symbolic thing you said is really fitting. Its a huge structure in a city that has no tall buildings, much less something over 1000 feet. Incredible waste of resources in attempting to build something like that out of poor materials and it ends up being a rotting building with a crane still on top.


http://www.btinternet.com/~parrothouse/NHnkorearyugyonghotelpyongyang.jpg

greg63
06-16-2006, 04:31 AM
Neat pics.

Miles
06-16-2006, 04:34 AM
Thanks for the link, Miles. Try reading "Aquariums of Pyongyang" sometime. It's a bio by a guy who grew up in a fairly prominent party family that fell into disfavor. This kid grew up in the DPRK Gulag system, escaped to China, and now works as a journalist in the ROK. Interesting stuff.

Thanks for the book suggestion. Looked it up on Amazon and it sounds really interesting.

chagrin
06-16-2006, 07:11 AM
I thought this was funny, "When the car crossed teh check point..."


ROFL

Ultra Peanut
06-16-2006, 07:40 AM
North Korea is just so very ****ed up.

I'll copy what someone said on another forum:

Kim Jong-Il is like a kid who doesn't know how to play SimCity right, and North Korea is that city.

Seeing someone like that wield so much power over so many people is heartbreaking and frustrating.

A really depressing documentary about it is Children of the Secret State (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6951629397402742053).

For more, visit this informative website. (http://superpsi.googlepages.com/leaders)

My hope is to one day see Kim Jong-Il taken down, the whole of Korea re-united as one free land, and sweeping change to finally come to the North. Of course, even if it happens, it will be a huge, draining undertaking for the newly-reunited nation; sort of the Kims' last laugh, I guess.

Rain Man
06-16-2006, 07:41 AM
For some reason I have been somewhat fascinated by that building since I first saw pictures of it a while back. The symbolic thing you said is really fitting. Its a huge structure in a city that has no tall buildings, much less something over 1000 feet. Incredible waste of resources in attempting to build something like that out of poor materials and it ends up being a rotting building with a crane still on top.


http://www.btinternet.com/~parrothouse/NHnkorearyugyonghotelpyongyang.jpg


It looks like they got so close to the top that I half-wonder if some structural engineer didn't figure out that the place was going to collapse or something. It seems pretty embarrassing to have such a visible failure like that.

Or maybe it was just money. Who knows.

Miles
06-16-2006, 10:37 AM
It looks like they got so close to the top that I half-wonder if some structural engineer didn't figure out that the place was going to collapse or something. It seems pretty embarrassing to have such a visible failure like that.

Or maybe it was just money. Who knows.

From what I can find, it was a combination of lack of money and poor cement. Great planning to build something that big and find out that the materials are structurally unsound that far into the project.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryugyong_Hotel

Also have to wonder what the purpose would be for the worlds largest hotel in a country that has virtually no tourism.

KingPriest2
06-16-2006, 10:40 AM
From what I can find, it was a combination of lack of money and poor cement. Great planning to build something that big and find out that the materials are structurally unsound that far into the project.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryugyong_Hotel

Also have to wonder what the purpose would be for the worlds largest hotel in a country that has virtually no tourism.


I think tourism is growing

http://www.koryogroup.com/

They do have tours for US citizens.

HEre are some more pics
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=200578

Rain Man
06-16-2006, 10:42 AM
Interesting article. 8 rotating floors at the top? That would've been cool.

I must admit, I really like the design. That's a pretty cool building.

Chief Faithful
06-16-2006, 12:11 PM
From what I can find, it was a combination of lack of money and poor cement. Great planning to build something that big and find out that the materials are structurally unsound that far into the project.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryugyong_Hotel

Also have to wonder what the purpose would be for the worlds largest hotel in a country that has virtually no tourism.

I'll bet the lead architect ate a bullet for that job.

BIG_DADDY
06-16-2006, 12:15 PM
Wow, look everyone is a blackbelt there, AMAZING!!!

Funny how they don't have shit for MMA fighters. :hmmm: