The Fifth Floor of the Yanggakdo

October 4th, 2011
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The Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang was completed in 1995, during the peak of the country’s worst famine – the Arduous March.  With several hotels already existing in North Korea’s capital city, it is quite hard to understand what motivated authorities to build another large facility at that time – except that this was the first,

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Chad O'Carroll founded NK News in 2010. He is based in Washington, D.C.

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  • PC

    The hotel staff know full well that foreigners love visiting the “secret” 5th floor. To get there just walk down from 6th or use the four service lifts behind the main lifts which go directly there. The propaganda there is no worse than you’ll see elsewhere in the DPRK.

    There’s been pics on tripadvisor and so on for ages.

    And what about the missing floors between the top of the hotel and the revolving restaurant – I guess that’s where they’re building a nuclear bomb – quick, someone go and look!

    • Reader

      Sure the propaganda is definitely no worse than elsewhere in the DPRK, but the concentration and subject of it is something else.  You just don’t expect to see that !
      Whats the situation on the top floor?
      Does anyone know if the rumors about the Koryo were ever true? I.e, that there were hollow walls where spies could walk in back in the day?

    • Guest

      Actually access to the 5th floor has now been blocked off by using the fire doors on the 6th and 4th floor. In October I tried to visit it again, and found it fully impossible.

      So I guess they decided they didn’t want foreigners seeing it anymore.

  • PC

    The hotel staff know full well that foreigners love visiting the “secret” 5th floor. To get there just walk down from 6th or use the four service lifts behind the main lifts which go directly there. The propaganda there is no worse than you’ll see elsewhere in the DPRK.

    There’s been pics on tripadvisor and so on for ages.

    And what about the missing floors between the top of the hotel and the revolving restaurant – I guess that’s where they’re building a nuclear bomb – quick, someone go and look!

    • Reader

      Sure the propaganda is definitely no worse than elsewhere in the DPRK, but the concentration and subject of it is something else.  You just don’t expect to see that !
      Whats the situation on the top floor?
      Does anyone know if the rumors about the Koryo were ever true? I.e, that there were hollow walls where spies could walk in back in the day?

    • Guest

      Actually access to the 5th floor has now been blocked off by using the fire doors on the 6th and 4th floor. In October I tried to visit it again, and found it fully impossible.

      So I guess they decided they didn’t want foreigners seeing it anymore.

  • Reader

    Sure the propaganda is definitely no worse than elsewhere in the DPRK, but the concentration and subject of it is something else.  You just don’t expect to see that !
    Whats the situation on the top floor?
    Does anyone know if the rumors about the Koryo were ever true? I.e, that there were hollow walls where spies could walk in back in the day?

  • Reader

    Sure the propaganda is definitely no worse than elsewhere in the DPRK, but the concentration and subject of it is something else.  You just don’t expect to see that !
    Whats the situation on the top floor?
    Does anyone know if the rumors about the Koryo were ever true? I.e, that there were hollow walls where spies could walk in back in the day?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcell-Rodden/607916689 Marcell Rodden

    OMG a staff only area of a hotel! Certainly these don’t exist in a capitalist society and is a sign that they are all living in 1984 totalitarianism!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcell-Rodden/607916689 Marcell Rodden

    OMG a staff only area of a hotel! Certainly these don’t exist in a capitalist society and is a sign that they are all living in 1984 totalitarianism!

  • Gary

    Now I know why my guides concluded their day by disappearing into the hotel–and why their morning greeting in the lobby began after exiting the elevator.

  • Gary

    Now I know why my guides concluded their day by disappearing into the hotel–and why their morning greeting in the lobby began after exiting the elevator.

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