North Korea's 'Hotel of Doom' shows signs of activity

North Korea’s notorious so-called “Hotel of Doom” has recently shown new signs of life. 

The Daily Mail reports recent satellite images show the 105-story Ryugyong Hotel being surrounded by construction trucks, and tourist photos show cranes around the building as well.

Construction began on the 105-story skyscraper in 1987 during the reign of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il Sung.

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The 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel splits the sky over Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. The picture of a crane sitting idle on top of the hotel has become a familiar one for locals, unchanged for over a decade. The partially complete building now stands tall, but without windows or visitors. Picture taken April 24, 2002. REUTERS/Teruaki Ueno TO ACCOMPANY FEATURE STORY KOREA-NORTH-ECONOMY ES/RCS
Ryugyong Hotel is seen in Pyongyang in this picture taken August 28, 2009. The towering North Korean hotel, which Esquire magazine once dubbed "the worst building in the history of mankind", has come back to life with a facade of shiny glass windows affixed to one side of the concrete monolith. Picture taken August 28, 2009. REUTERS/The Korea Sharing Movement/Handout (NORTH KOREA BUSINESS POLITICS SOCIETY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
The 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel, the highest building under construction in North Korea, is seen in Pyongyang April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (NORTH KOREA - Tags: CITYSPACE TRAVEL BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ANNIVERSARY)
PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA - 2002/10/01: Ryugyong Hotel in background is the highest building in the country; its construction was stopped in 1992. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) North Korea; Pyeongyang; unfinished Ryugyong Hotel (Photo by Hans Peters/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA - AUGUST 24: A view of the Pyongyang cityscape, looking towards the Ryugyong Hotel Tower from Yanggakdo Hotel on August 24, 2015 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North and South Korea today came to an agreement to ease tensions following an exchange of artillery fire at the demilitarized border last week. (Photo by Xiaolu Chu/Getty Images)
PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 08: Tramway passing in front of ryugyong hotel, pyongyang, North Korea on September 8, 2012 in Pyongyang, North Korea.
The top of the 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel, the highest building under construction in North Korea, is seen in Pyongyang, North Korea early October 9, 2015. North Korea is getting ready to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers' Party of Korea on October 10. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
The 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel, the highest building under construction in North Korea, is seen behind residential building in Pyongyang, North Korea May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
A man cycles along the bank of Taedong River on the other side of the bronze statues of North Korea founder Kim Il-sung (L) and late leader Kim Jong-il, in Pyongyang July 26, 2013. The 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel is seen behind the statues. REUTERS/Jason Lee (NORTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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According to The Independent, the hotel has yet to host a single visitor and the project was shut down during the 1990’s because of lack of funds.

The project so far has reportedly cost over $550 million dollars. 

This marks the first activity at the mysterious hotel since July when walls surrounding the empty building were removed, unveiling two large ramps and a sign reading "Rocket Power Nation."

It remains to be seen whether current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will finish his grandfather's project. 

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North Koreans celebrate the 20th anniversary of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's appointment as the General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 8, 2017 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 9, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Fireworks explode as North Koreans celebrate the 20th anniversary of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's appointment as the General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 8, 2017 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 9, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT.
North Koreans celebrate the 20th anniversary of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's appointment as the General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 8, 2017 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 9, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT.
In a photo taken on October 8, 2017 participants described as 'working people, youth, and students of Pyongyang' perform during a mass gala event marking the 20th anniversary of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's election as general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) on Kim Il-Sung square in central Pyongyang. Meanwhile North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has promoted his sister to a senior ruling party post, state media said, and praised the country's nuclear weapons programme which has sparked international alarm. / AFP PHOTO / KIM Won-Jin (Photo credit should read KIM WON-JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
In a photo taken on October 8, 2017 participants described as 'working people, youth, and students of Pyongyang' perform during a mass gala event marking the 20th anniversary of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's election as general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) on Kim Il-Sung square in central Pyongyang. Meanwhile North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has promoted his sister to a senior ruling party post, state media said, and praised the country's nuclear weapons programme which has sparked international alarm. / AFP PHOTO / KIM Won-Jin (Photo credit should read KIM WON-JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
In a photo taken on October 8, 2017 participants described as 'working people, youth, and students of Pyongyang' perform during a mass gala event marking the 20th anniversary of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's election as general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) on Kim Il-Sung square in central Pyongyang. Meanwhile North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has promoted his sister to a senior ruling party post, state media said, and praised the country's nuclear weapons programme which has sparked international alarm. / AFP PHOTO / KIM Won-Jin (Photo credit should read KIM WON-JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
In a photo taken on October 8, 2017 participants described as 'working people, youth, and students of Pyongyang' perform during a mass gala event marking the 20th anniversary of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's election as general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) on Kim Il-Sung square in central Pyongyang. Meanwhile North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has promoted his sister to a senior ruling party post, state media said, and praised the country's nuclear weapons programme which has sparked international alarm. / AFP PHOTO / KIM Won-Jin (Photo credit should read KIM WON-JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
In a photo taken on October 8, 2017 participants described as 'working people, youth, and students of Pyongyang' perform during a mass gala event marking the 20th anniversary of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's election as general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) on Kim Il-Sung square in central Pyongyang. Meanwhile North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has promoted his sister to a senior ruling party post, state media said, and praised the country's nuclear weapons programme which has sparked international alarm. / AFP PHOTO / KIM Won-Jin (Photo credit should read KIM WON-JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - In a photo taken on October 8, 2017 participants described as 'working people, youth, and students of Pyongyang' watch fireworks as they perform during a mass gala event marking the 20th anniversary of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's election as general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) on Kim Il-Sung square in central Pyongyang. Meanwhile North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has promoted his sister to a senior ruling party post, state media said, and praised the country's nuclear weapons programme which has sparked international alarm. / AFP PHOTO / KIM Won-Jin (Photo credit should read KIM WON-JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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