The infamous 105-storey Ryugyong hotel has often been compared to London's Shard which opened up to visitors just this year
The infamous 105-storey Ryugyong hotel has often been compared to London's Shard which opened up to visitors just this year. Following on from Koryo's exclusive visit to the Ryugyong last September, I thought it only fitting that while in London last week I should pay a visit to the Shard and see how the 2 experiences compared.
In terms of logistics, it is definitely easier to visit The Shard. Tickets are best ordered online from their website (I guess the Ryugyong website is still under construction). To visit the Ryugyong we had to get special invitation from the relevant authorities.
You have to take 2 separate lifts to the viewing level of The Shard - floor 69. To get there takes under 5 minutes (includes waiting time). To get to the viewing level of the Ryugyong (floor 95) took around 10 minutes in a construction elevator. I assume that once proper lifts are fitted it will be much faster!
So here are some pictures taken from the top of both - enjoy!