The top five supersized tourist flops
As Japan unveils the world’s second largest building - The Sky Tower, which is expected to receive 8,000 visitors a day, our intrepid travel writer Benji Lanyado says that bigger is not always better when it comes to manmade tourist attractions.
Here are his top five supersized tourist flops:
From top to bottom:
The Ruyong hotel, North Korea:
Started in 1989 this was supposed to be the largest hotel on earth, with seven restaurants at its peak. Unfortunately, the building is still incomplete.
The Mecca Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia
This horrendous clock tower next to Mecca has been described as an “architectural absurdity” and a “kitsch rendition of Big Ben”.
The San Alfonso del Mar swimming pool, Chile
This is the world’s largest swimming pool with 66m gallons of temperate water stretching over 3,300ft, set directly adjacent to the sea.
Where to start really? It’s amazing how many monstrousities you can pack into a small area of coastline!
Valle de la Prehistoria, Cuba
Built in the 1980s this dinosaur theme park features a bizarre 30ft neanderthal cracking a rock with a homemade axe.
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