"Hotel of Doom", the Ryugyong Hotel towers above the Pyongyang skyline. In 2008, construction on the hotel's exterior resumed with Egypt's Orascom Telecommunications Holdings injecting $30 million into the project.
If nothing else, it at least has a new propaganda sign: "Rocket Power Nation".
But the hotel in the capital Pyongyang showed signs of life last week as the walls surrounding it were removed, two walkways unveiled and a huge "Rocket Power Nation" sign erected outside.
That, of course, is Kim's other pet project.
For almost 30 years, the 105-story tower has been a mystery.
The day after Thursday's anniversary, North Korea test-launched its second ICBM, which experts believe demonstrated that the North's weapons can now theoretically reach most of the United States. This magnificent building that makes the most prominent feature of Pyongyang's skyline, still remains unopened as of 2017.
Rumours, nearly always unfounded, of plans to once and for all finish the hotel project are something of a parlour game among Pyongyang watchers. And it remains to be seen if the current work on the Ryugyong is meant to be a step toward actually finishing the long-stalled project or, an effort to make better use of the land around it.
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The Ryugyong Hotel is a pyramid-shaped skyscraper.
But it's not surprising that work to do something with the idle landmark would begin. Pyongyang has been undergoing massive redevelopment since Kim assumed power when his father died in late 2011.
The builders had heavy equipment and morale boosting signs which are a staple of the construction boom taking place under Kim Jong-un. A new global airport - a sci-tech complex - also opened in the capital, as well as many other recreational and educational facilities.
From a distance, the glassy, greenish-blue Ryugyong looks like it's ready for business.
The following decade saw work re-start, with the new aim being to officially open the Ryugyong Hotel in 2012 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of "Eternal President" Kim Il-Sung. An overly optimistic goal from the get-go, construction dragged on until 1992 when it was halted by a major economic crisis in North Korea caused by the fall of the Soviet Union.
Officials have offered no information regarding their plans for its future.
Questions remain about whether it is structurally sound enough to ever operate as a hotel or office building.
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