Originally Posted by Salakast
Exactly. They've built entire CITIES with no residents just for propaganda purposes. I have a feeling this building will make no money.
While that's true (like the "propaganda village" near the DMZ) I think this has a legitimate use if nothing else as a telecommunications tower, plus it simply looks better now. Of course, empty villages near the DMZ are handy for blasting propaganda messages over the line.
It was hideous as a concrete shell but now that it at least has the look of a finished building it is quite fascinating.
Would be interesting if any SSP photographer types ever got access to Pyongyang or, better yet, some of the other cities (e.g. Hamhung, Chongjin) of which outsiders see even less than the capital. The bits I've seen show some examples of interesting architecture beyond Stalinist apartment blocks - and not even all of those are terrible. I'd enjoy the opportunity to tour the place, even knowing I'm going to have some Party lackey following me around telling me what I can and can't take pictures of.