Google Maps Directions Now Available in N. Korea

Planning a North Korean roadtrip?

You’re in luck — for the first time, Google Maps allows users to calculate driving and walking directions throughout one of the world’s most isolated countries.

Google first started mapping the country on its popular service in 2013 — even enlisting citizen cartographers to help the tech giant map the notoriously reclusive country — but only started offering turn-by-turn directions to users this month.

The system isn’t perfect: it can only rely on roads known to Google and can’t provide directions to areas outside of the country’s closed borders. Plus, its utility is pretty limited in a country with few private cars and virtually no Internet access.

Drawbacks in mind, though: the maps provide some of the closest looks of the country’s infrastructure available to outsiders today.

[h/t North Korea Tech Blog]


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