The Yanggakdo International Hotel is one of the largest working hotels in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea. The hotel is located on Yanggakdo (Yanggak Island), two kilometers to the south-east of the center of Pyongyang, the nation's capital. It rises to an overall height of 170 meters and sports 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 meters. The entire structure is understood to have been built in the 1980s by a French company and opened in 1995.
The Yanggakdo Hotel was opened in 1995 as a deluxe hotel. It is situated on Yanggakdo Island, meaning "goat's head" island. It features a variety of restaurants, coffeeshops, and bars, plus a casino and Macau Restaurant in the basement.
The rooms were big with incredible views stretching from the heart of Pyongyang to the distant countryside.
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 hotel's basement contains a bowling alley, a pool room, a swimming pool, a barbers, a casino and a gentlemen's massage club. The hotel's grounds include a 9,000 square meter nine-hole golf course. 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.
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