New on Google Maps: North Korea
Google rolls out update made without help from Pyongyang
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2013 2:26 AM CST
Before the update, this area on Google Maps only had a dot marking Pyongyang.   (Google)

(Newser) – Google Maps users can now get a much more detailed look at the land of gulags, secret nuclear sites, and, according to some reports, cannibalism. North Korea once appeared as almost a total blank on Google, but a new map being rolled out today shows details including streets, landmarks, and even some of the country's city-sized prison camps, the Washington Post reports.

The new details didn't come from the secretive government in Pyongyang, but from a community of "citizen cartographers" who used Google's Map Maker software to add and review map features, Google explains in a blog post. The volunteers were based outside of North Korea, and used details gleaned from satellite images and analog maps. "While many people around the globe are fascinated with North Korea, these maps are especially important for the citizens of South Korea who have ancestral connections or still have family living there," Google says.

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right2dave
Jan 30, 2013 3:04 PM CST
Now the South Korean's know what to aim at!
Ivan_the_Gypsy
Jan 29, 2013 11:09 PM CST
Now, at last! We can see a picture of what Obama and his Marxist Liberals are trying to "change" the U. S. into.
troy705
Jan 29, 2013 8:31 AM CST
Just put a picture of an outhouse to represent the entire country.