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The Eerie 5th Floor Of A Pyongyang Hotel Captivating Foolhardy Foreigners

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 17/03/2016 George Bowden

A hidden fifth floor at one of North Korea's leading tourist hotels is captivating foreigners - and encouraging some to risk breaking the country's strict laws.

© Monsoon Diaries Pyongyang's Yanggakdo International Hotel is popular among organised tours to the secretive state.

And one of its guests, Otto Warmbier, was sentenced this week to 15 years hard labour for attempting to steal a poster from a "staff holding area" at the hotel.

This is thought to have been on the infamous fifth floor.

Calvin Sun, an American travel blogger and trip organiser, told The Huffington Post UK that the allure of the space enticed his group to take risks during their week-long stay at the hotel.

"We went back six times," he says of his visits to the fifth floor in 2011. "We saw desks with screens and monitoring equipment, the space was still in the Cold War when tensions were higher."

And in a revealing blog, Sun documents his visit to the hidden space and rare photos reveal large propaganda posters, strange layouts, and intriguing equipment...

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