Friday, November 2, 2012

You're a day late for Halloween, Pyongyang.

North Korea has announced that the Ryugyong Hotel, the spooky and humongous monstrosity in the middle of Pyongyang that looks like it might be Batman's not-so-secret lair, is going to open for business in the middle of next year

It will be operated by the Kempinski Hotel management group, which runs a lot of luxury hotels around the world.

In all seriousness, I expect this to be the spark for a tourism boom that North Korea will soon enjoy, riding, ironically, on the heels of Gangnam Style and other Korea pop culture products. There are a bunch of people looking for something new and different, and staying at a Kempinski-branded hotel in a New North Korea that has left the door slightly ajar to Western influence may be just the right combination of exciting and safe.

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