Reclusive North Korea, Now Visible on Google Maps


Fri, Feb 1st, 2013 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Thanks to what Google calls "a community of citizen cartographers" who contributed their knowledge of North Korea by "adding road names and points of interest", Google Maps is now able to offer a detailed view of the country complete with the locations of monuments, nuclear reactors and gulags.

[...] a recent update to Google Maps has the answer for you.

It has filled in the big, largely blank space that previously lay north of the well-mapped South Korea with streets, towns and landmarks.

Users curious to virtually explore one of the world's most reclusive states can zoom into the heart of Pyongyang and pull up photographs of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, which houses the bodies of the revered former leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

The availability of photos quickly thins as users scroll into the North Korean countryside and dries up almost entirely around more controversial areas marked on the map, like the Yongbyon nuclear complex and what Google labels the Yodok and Hwasong gulags.



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