Inside North Korea’s ‘frozen in time’ hotels with neon rooms and poolside bars

North Korea's "frozen in time" hotels have been examined in a new book – giving a rare glimpse into Kim Jong-un's highly-secretive country.

Author James Scullin who has visited the rogue state eight times said hotels were always the highlight of his trip.

In Hotels of Pyongyang James and photographer Nicole Reed cast an eye at 11 of the most glamorous and outdated places to stay in the country's capital.

He describes how in one hotel that gives off a "70s vibe",  there is futuristic swivel chairs at the bar that resemble something out of sci-fi series the Jetsons.

They also visited the karaoke rooms in the incredible Koryo Hotel which he describes as "very kitsch and psychedelic" and has three different types of floor tiling and each wall has different wallpaper.

The hotels have many five star amenities and pools were "nearly everywhere".

However none have no room service and Wi-Fi is a very rare commodity.

James said: "So much of the world is globalized now. There are so few places you can go to that have a bespoke culture and look and feel."

The pair spent five days photographing the hotels and also the people who work within their walls.

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"I chose to do hotels as the centrepiece for the project as access to the hotels is not really a political matter…meaning the project was possible without excessive red tape."

He revealed that one of his favourite places was the karaoke rooms in the incredible Koryo Hotel.

He  told MailOnline Travel : "It's very kitsch and psychedelic. It has three different types of floor tiling and each wall has different wallpaper.

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"It has beads that hang from the ceiling, which give off a 70s vibe, while the futuristic swivel chairs at the bar look like something out of the Jetsons.

"It's interesting to imagine that someone designed this room unaccredited without ever having travelled overseas or having been exposed to other countries that aren't North Korea."

He added The Koryo Hotel is considered the most deluxe of the hotels and with a revolving restaurant, and that it's a nice place to have a drink and check out the Pyongyang skyline."

James also told how in the hotels people can design dining halls, lobbies and karaoke rooms in a unique fashion.

He added: "This is also from individuals who have not been particularly exposed to the rest of the world, meaning a lot of aesthetic is without influence."

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