Open Street Map Was Faster In Mapping North Korea Than Google Maps


Couple of days ago I wrote a post about Google maps of North Korea. Thanks to comments of Soren from I’ve realized that Open Street Maps of North Korea are already there for while as well they are much more detailed.

OSM vs Google Maps

OSM mappers did a really great job creating a detailed map of North Korea! However I would as well state that the role of Google Maps for global spatial awareness is undeniable. It totally changed they way how people think about maps and use maps and the impact of update of North Korea in Google Maps has much bigger consequences for the world and the problem awareness than the same update in OSM. But this is only the matter of scale and I’m very impressed how detailed are OSM maps in Pyongyang.

Soren also introduced me to really awesome tool to compare maps from different services, check it up here.


I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.


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