Earlier than & After: Yanggakdo Lodge Golf Course in Pyongyang, North Korea
Again in 1995 the Yanggakdo Worldwide Lodge was opened in Pyongyang – at 47 flooring, and with a thousand rooms, this was and is the biggest constructing that may accommodate overseas friends in Pyongyang and in North Korea generally.
Through the years this has change into the house base of most vacationer guests to the capital metropolis and continues to boast a wide variety of bars and leisure exercise in addition to a usually-reliable financial institution of eight elevators together with two glass-fronted ones to hold friends to and from their flooring.
Boasting ten-pin bowling, swimming pool, on line casino, billiards, a shoe restore room, ping pong, in addition to a revolving restaurant on the high of the constructing, there’s loads to do when the day ends and vacationers are successfully confined to the constructing and its grounds. Nevertheless….there was once extra.
Initially the Yanggakdo Lodge additionally featured a par-three nine-hole golf course on the small plot of land in entrance of the constructing. This course was by no means significantly well-liked, particularly given the busy visiting schedule most guests induced which means that their solely free time was within the night when the course was closed. However it was there anyway and Koryo Excursions workers loved many an early morning hack across the frustratingly troublesome course.
Sadly, in 2010, the course was demolished to make means for a brand-new leisure complicated, which was half-erected in file time, after which deserted, making no person in any respect very pleased.
The finished constructing with the very well-manicured lawns in entrance of the unfinished complicated is a school room for the works of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, used solely by locals (resort workers mainly) and never open to foreigners.
Fashionable archaeologists in search of proof of the golf course can nonetheless discover a few of the markers used to point out the size of the assorted holes repurposed as paving stones on the road main from the resort to the principle street.
There was additionally a driving vary the place balls had been whacked straight into the Taedong River, with no distance markers supplied, and a hefty high-quality for anybody who by chance let a membership fly in as properly, and likewise no apparent means for them to be retrieved afterwards.
A last fascinating snippet of information is that across the time that the course was demolished there was additionally a renovation of components of the resort together with the addition of a display screen within the elevators which performs a video on a loop selling the services of the Yanggakdo Lodge, together with the golf course itself, which is not there: A curious on the spot anachronism.
There stays an lively driving vary in Pyongyang, on the Sosan Lodge – learn all about it right here!
Our information to the Pyongyang Golf Course, a full 18-hole course, will be discovered right here – you’ll be able to play this course on a go to with Koryo Excursions!