The inevitable closure of the first floating hotel in the world


In the late 1980s, Barrier Reef Floating Resort, a five-star floating hotel was opened on the John Brewer Reef, about 70 km off the coast of Townsville in Queensland, Australia which was built in Singapore and towed more than 5,000 km there. This seven-floor structure had almost 200 rooms as well as bars, gyms, swimming pools and also two excellent seafood restaurants. In addition to the interior facilities, it included a floating tennis court in the picturesque scenery outside. The hotel was so magnificent that many of the residents of Townsville, who are old enough, still remember it after it was moved. Despite the nostalgia for Australians who have visited it once, the hotel was never sent back to Australia.

Due to financial problems, only after a year of floating on the Australian reef, the floating structure was sold to a Vietnamese company and moved to Ho Chi Minh City.

The hotel hosted guests over a decade in Vietnam while it was once more sold to a South Korean company which moved it to the Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea.

Eventually, the South Korean-funded hotel has remained in North Korea ever since then. Although it rarely receives any guests these days, it has only been used for inter-Korean events frequently so far.

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