Yanggakdo International Hotel
|Yanggakdo International Hotel|
|Revised Romanization||Yanggakdo Gukje Hotel|
|McCune–Reischauer||Yanggakto Kukche Hot'el|
Yanggakdo International Hotel is the largest working hotel and the second tallest building in North Korea, after the Ryugyong Hotel. The hotel is located on Yanggak Island, two kilometres to the south-east of the centre of Pyongyang, the nation's capital. It rises to an overall height of 170 metres (560 ft) and has a slowly revolving restaurant on the 47th floor. The hotel is said to contain 1,000 rooms and a total floor space of 87,870 square metres (945,800 sq ft). The structure was built between 1986 and 1992 by France’s Campenon Bernard Construction Company and opened in 1995.
Besides housing the reception, the ground floor offers the possibility to purchase uncirculated North Korean currency sets, mail postcards and letters, and buy basic commodities at Western prices. There is also a bar, and a bookshop which stocks a wide range of North Korean reading material including back-issues of the local English-language newspaper, the Pyongyang Times, treatises by Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un, various children's books and a wide range of material which describes the North Korean understanding of the history of the region.
In addition to the revolving restaurant, the hotel guide issued to all guests indicates that the hotel contains four further restaurants on the second floor — these include the numbers one and two dining-room, the main banquet hall and the Japanese, Chinese and Korean food dining-rooms.
The basement contains a bowling alley, a pool room, a swimming pool, a barber shop, a casino and a massage club run by a Chinese company with an exclusively female staff.
The hotel's grounds originally included a 9,000 square metre nine-hole golf course which as of 2011 had been demolished to make space for a new Chinese-funded health complex to be built. Also on Yanggak Island, right next to the hotel's grounds the Pyongyang International Cinema Hall can be found, which hosts the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pyongyang International Film Festival.
Yanggakdo International Hotel is a standard stop on tours of North Korea, and was featured in the graphic novel Pyongyang.
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Yanggakdo International Hotel as seen from the top of Juche Tower
- The hotel's promotional video, recorded by a guest in August 2011: Hotel promotional video on YouTube