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North Korea racing to build its largest tower

Kim Jong-Un has ordered workers to build at "Mallima Speed"

July 10, 2016 11:00AM

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North Korea’s most iconic building, the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, is still under construction after three decades, but that isn’t stopping the dear leader from trying to outdo his ancestors.

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Kim Jong-Un has his workers adding a new floor to a massive apartment complex on Ryomyong Street every 14 hours, according to North Korean state media cited by Curbed.

Work is supposedly being done at “Mallima Speed”—the speed of a mythical winged horse that travels really really fast.

When completed, the project will boast a 70-story apartment tower, the tallest in North Korea. It also features a “green street,” solar panels and geothermal energy that will power the entire street. I guess that means no more blackouts?

The construction will create 3,000 new apartments and is supposed to be finished by the end of 2016. But of course, North Korea isn’t known for sticking to a schedule. [Curbed]Christopher Cameron

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