1 Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang, North Korea
The developers of this massive skyscraper broke ground in Pyongyang in 1987. Had the building been completed on schedule, it was expected to be the tallest hotel in the world. Ryugyong Hotel was the first building outside of New York City or Chicago with over 100 floors. It is the world’s largest hotel . . . and it’s still not finished.
Ryugyong Hotel topped out in 1992, right around the fall of the Soviet Union, and construction came to a halt. The economy of North Korea went into a crisis, and the country had to put the project on hold.
Having already reached maximum height, the building sat as a large concrete eyesore for 16 years. Then, in 2008, construction resumed when an Egyptian company took over the project. A glass exterior was added to the building, but no work was done to the interior before construction was halted again.
In 2013, it was announced that the building would finally open for the first time. But that was canceled because the interior was not completed. Since then, there have been a few rumors about the building finally opening, none of which have come to fruition.
Thirty years after construction started, Ryugyong Hotel has yet to be completed. It is unknown when the building will finally open its doors.