A country of 25 million people is an awful lot of land to leave unchecked, but the secluded nation of North Korea and its strict policies on information flow have long been able to elude the expanding eyes of Google Maps. However, nothing can escape the grasp of Google forever as proven today with the announcement of Pyongyang now being more detailed than ever.
Of course, the secretive militant government is not going to allow foreigners the chance to drive through the streets with a panoramic camera strapped to the roof, so don’t expect Street View any time soon.
Google instead gives credit to “a community of citizen cartographers” who know the location of famous landmarks and are familiar with the street layouts. What was once a white blur of unrepresented land now is connected with roads, borders, and names as seen in the before ad after images below.
Google Maps admits the map is not perfect and they still have a lot more ground to cover throughout the entire country, but judging by the famine and ever present threat of war its people believe they face, it does a good enough job to build off of.