The hotel was opened in 1995 and is situated on Yanggakdo Island, in the middle of the Taedong River. Together with the Koryo Hotel and the Potonggang Hotel it is most luxurious and the only 4-star-hotel in Pyongyang (according to the North Korean classification). With regard to tourist numbers, the Yanggakdo Hotel is the most popular hotel in North Korea. The hotel consists of 47 storeys and hosts serveral restaurants, a bowling alley, massage facilities, a tailor and a casino. A very popular attraction of the hotel is the revolving restaurant on its top.