Google Street View in Asia

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In Asia, Google Street View is available in Bhutan, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. It is also available for a few select tourist attractions in the People's Republic of China.

Service in Japan was introduced on August 4, 2008. Japan's coverage is concentrated in five areas with a total of 10 camera icons. The service has faced criticisms from bloggers in Japan of cultural insensitivity.[1]

Google Street View camera cars were spotted in the streets of Singapore in December 2008 and January 2009; and were launched on December 2, 2009. It was updated over the years.

In early 2009, camera cars with the Google Street View labels were spotted in Hong Kong's streets. On August 18, 2009, Taipei, Taiwan was added. On October 7, and December 2, 2009, more locations in Japan were added. On January 21, 2010, more Taiwan locations are added. At the same time, more Japanese locations are added. Unusually, while Street View images are, at present, primarily collected during daylight hours, a number of Taipei streets were imaged at night.

On March 11, 2010, Google Street View for Hong Kong, Macau, and more locations in Japan were launched.

On December 8, 2010, Google updated some of Japan's imagery with HD photographs.

On May 26, 2011, Google announced that, in India, capturing of Street View images in Bangalore, the capital of the state of Karnataka, had started. However, Google Street View was banned from Bangalore on June 20, 2011.[2]

On September 2, 2011, Google has revealed that its Street View feature will be introduced to the country in association with the Tourism Authority of Thailand.[3]

On September 3, 2011, Google started to collaborate with Tourism Malaysia to record Malaysian locations to be featured on its Google Map Street View.[4]

On January 24, 2012, Google Street View was launched in South Korea starting with imagery from the country's capital, Seoul, as well as South Korea's second largest city, Busan.[5]

On March 21, 2012, Thailand became available on Street View.

On April 3, 2012, Google Street View updated Singapore's street view at its headquarters (Asia Square @ Marina View). Staff members can be spotted in rainbow color holding different Google logos.

On April 19, 2012, Israel became available on Street View.

On August 20, 2014, the availability of Indonesian and Cambodian street views came true.

Timeline of introductions[edit]

Note: Bold indicates locations available in newer high quality view, and italic bold indicates locations partially available in high quality view.

Date Major locations added.
Monday, August 4, 2008 Japan Chiba, Hakodate, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Saitama, Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Yokohama
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Taiwan Taipei and more
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Singapore Major part of Singapore
Japan Niigata, Sado, Hiroshima, Okayama, Fukuoka, Kumamoto
Thursday, January 21, 2010 Taiwan Kaohsiung, Taichung, Hsinchu, Yilan City, Keelung, Hualien City, Pingtung City and more
Japan More locations in Japan
Thursday, March 11, 2010 Japan Nijō Castle, Nishi Honganji, Higashi Honganji, Shōseien, Daikaku-ji, Tōfuku-ji, Kennin-ji, Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto Seika University, Otani University, Aizuwakamatsu Castle, Yomiuriland, Fuji-Q Highland, Tsukiji Hongan-ji, Kumamoto Castle, Rikkyo University, Kyushu University, Kumamoto University, Fuji Golf Course, Aizu Matsudaira's Royal Garden, Himeji and more locations in Japan

Hong Kong Major part of Hong Kong including Victoria Harbour
Macau Part of Macau

Monday, February 28, 2011[6] Japan Chichi-jima[not in citation given]
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Iraq National Museum of Iraq[7]
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Japan Hachinohe, Aomori, Morioka, Ōfunato, Kamaishi, Miyako, Rikuzentakata, Ishinomaki, Kesennuma, Natori, Higashimatsushima, Onagawa, Minamisanriku, Watari, Yamamoto, Sōma, and more places affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 South Korea Seoul and major cities in the Seoul Capital Area. Major districts in Busan and parts of Gyeongsangnam-do.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Thailand Bangkok, Chiangmai and Phuket
Thursday, April 19, 2012 Israel Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Japan Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tanegashima Space Center, Tsukuba Space Center, Sagamihara Campus, Chofu Aerospace Center, Earth Observation Center, Usuda Deep Space Center, Uchinoura Space Center, in Japan
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Philippines Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines[8]
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 More locations in:

Macau Macau
Singapore Singapore
Taiwan Taiwan
Thailand Thailand

Thursday, January 17, 2013 Israel Rishon LeZion, Petah Tikva, Ashdod, Beersheba, Holon, Netanya, Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan, Bat Yam, Rehovot, Ashkelon, Herzliya, Kfar Saba, Hadera, Nazareth, Lod, Ra'anana, Ramla, Giv'atayim, Rahat, Nahariya, Kiryat Ata, Eilat, Kiryat Gat, Hod HaSharon, Acre, Karmiel, Tiberias, Ramat HaSharon, Afula and more locations in Israel
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Japan Nagano, Ueda, Maebashi, Fukui, Mazda Museum in Hiroshima and other locations in Japan including various HD images updates
Sunday, March 4, 2013 Qatar Museum of Islamic Art[9]
Monday, March 18, 2013 Nepal South Base Camp on Mount Everest, Tengboche Monastery, Kala Patthar, Mudslide bridge between Lukla and Namche Bazaar, Stupa in Namche Bazaar (Nepal)
Japan Mount Fuji in Japan
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 India National Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi), in India
Friday, April 5, 2013 India Landmarks in India including Nrityagram Dance Village, Wonderla, Janapada Loka, Prakruthi Club & Resort, Olde Bangalore Resort, Clarks Exotica, Soukya International Holistic Health Centre and Indian Statistical Institutes in Kolkata and New Delhi, Victoria Memorial Hall, S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Pune Institute of Computer Technology, Rambagh Palace, Management Development Institute, Amity University, Sharda University, Pataudi Palace, Wildflower Hall in Shimla, Regional Engineering College in Warangal, Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur, Gurajat Fun World, Lake Palace, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Golkonda Fort, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Thousand Pillar Temple, Warangal Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Nagaur Fort, Dutch Warehouse in Kochi
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 India Sula Vineyards, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in India
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Thailand Pattaya, Chon Buri, Sattahip and other locations in Thailand
Singapore More locations in Singapore
Hong Kong Sha Tin Che Kung Temple and Ocean Park in Hong Kong
Monday, June 24, 2013 United Arab Emirates Burj Khalifa, Dubai[10]
Thursday, 22 August 2013 China Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding[11]
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 India Cyber Pearl, The Ascendas IT Park and ISB in Hyderabad, India
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 Malaysia Batu Caves, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, Fort Cornwallis, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Putra Square, Sunway Lagoon, Titiwangsa Lake Garden
More parks in Klang Valley and planned street view driving locations[12]
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 India Humayun's Tomb in India
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 India Dargah Sharif in Ajmer, India
Thursday, January 9, 2014 India Qutub Minar, Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah, Raigad Fort, Shaniwar Wada, Rajagiri Fort, Kanheri Caves, Thirumayam Fort, Fort St. George, India, Aga Khan Palace, Karla Caves, Lenyadri Caves, Movar Koil and Alvar Koil, Sithanavasal Caves
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Philippines Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego in the Philippines
India Fatehpur Sikri, Chandragiri Fort, Palli Kondaperumal and Malayadipatti and Shiva Temple, Amaravati Buddhist Stupas & Remains, Guntupalli Caves, Hirakota Fort in India
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Philippines San Agustin Church, Plaza San Luis in the Philippines
Thursday, February 20, 2014 India Taj Mahal, Gwalior Fort and more landmarks in India
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 India Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad Caves, Elephanta Caves, Jetavana, The Residency Lucknow, Lord Cornwallis tomb in India
Friday, September 26, 2014 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Klang Valley, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Ipoh, Penang, Kedah, Perlis, Negeri Sembilan, Seremban, Johor, Johor Bahru, Malacca, Malacca City, Pahang, Kuantan, Terengganu, Kelantan and more locations in Peninsular Malaysia.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 Bhutan Bhutan

Areas included[edit]

 Bhutan[edit]

Area
roads all over the country

 British Indian Ocean Territory[edit]

Area
Sea Cow Island (a.k.a. Île Vache Marine)

 Cambodia[edit]

Area
major roads, and landmarks

 People's Republic of China[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Sichuan Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Jinsha Site Museum
Beijing Municipality Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

 Hong Kong[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Hong Kong Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories and Northern part of Lantau Island

 Macau[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Macau Macau, Taipa, Coloane and Cotai

 India[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Telangana Hyderabad (some company areas, indoor and outdoor, and IMT School)
Delhi New Delhi (park and university campus, some more spots)
Gujarat Ahmedabad (Sardar Patel Stadium), Halol (Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park), Patan (Rani ki vav)
Karnataka Manipal, (Manipal Institute of Technology), Bangalore (Wonderla, M. Chinnaswamy Stadiumcricket stadium, Nrityagram, some parks and some more spots)
Madhya Pradesh Gwalior (Gwalior Fort)
Punjab Jalandhar,(Lovely Professional University)
Rajasthan Sawai Mansingh Stadium, RamBagh Palace, Jaipur
Tamil Nadu Villupuram District - Gingee (Gingee Fort - popularly called as Troy of the East)
Uttar Pradesh The Residency, Lucknow

 Indonesia[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Jakarta, Tangerang, Depok, Bogor, Surabaya, Gresik, Denpasar

 Iraq[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Bagdhad National Museum of Iraq

 Israel[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Northern District Kfar Kama, Kibbutz Merhavia
Haifa District Haifa, Nahsholim
Tel Aviv District Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan Safari
Jerusalem District Jerusalem, Mini Israel, Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, Israel Museum
Southern District Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

 Japan[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Chūbu Niigata, Sado, Nagoya, Gifu
Chūgoku Okayama, Hiroshima
Hokkaidō Sapporo, Hakodate, Asahikawa
Kansai Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara
Kantō Chiba, Saitama, Tokyo, Yokohama
Kyūshū Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Hirado, Kumamoto, Tanegashima, Yakushima, Amami Ōshima, Tokunoshima, Okinawa, Miyako Islands, Kagoshima
Tōhoku Sendai, Fukushima, Morioka

 Malaysia[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Federal Territories Greater Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya
Johor Batu Pahat, Johor Bahru, Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Muar, Pekan Nanas, Segamat,
Kedah Alor Setar, Baling, Jitra, Kulim, Sungai Petani
Kelantan Gua Musang, Kota Bharu, Machang, Pasir Mas, Tanah Merah, Tumpat
Malacca Ayer Keroh, Alor Gajah, Jasin, Malacca City
Negeri Sembilan Bahau, Gemas, Jempol, Kuala Pilah, Naning, Nilai, Port Dickson, Rembau, Seremban, Tampin,
Pahang Bentong, Cameron Highlands, Cherating, Fraser's Hill, Genting Highlands, Kuala Lipis,Jerantut, Kuantan, Pekan, Raub, Rompin, Temerloh
Penang Balik Pulau, Bayan Lepas, Butterworth, Georgetown, Perai, Nibong Tebal
Perak Batu Gajah, Hulu Perak, Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar, Sitiawan, Taiping, Tanjung Malim, Teluk Intan
Perlis Kangar, Kuala Perlis, Padang Besar
Selangor Banting, Kajang, Klang, Kuala Kubu Bharu, Kuala Selangor, Morib, Petaling Jaya, Puchong, Rawang, Sabak Bernam, Semenyih, Sepang, Shah Alam, Subang, Subang Jaya
Terengganu Chukai, Dungun, Kerteh, Jerteh, Kuala Terengganu, Marang

 Mongolia[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Ulan Bator Sükhbaatar Square in Ulan Bator, Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue.
Töv Province 13th Century Complex

   Nepal[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Sagarmatha Zone several single shots in an area 10–15 km west/southwest of Mount Everest, including Gokyo Lakes, Gorakshep, Kala Patthar, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery

 Philippines[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Metro Manila Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, San Agustin Church, Plaza San Luis in Intramuros, Manila
Central Visayas Views of ocean floor near Apo Island, Dauin, Negros Oriental

 Qatar[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Doha Museum of Islamic Art

 Russia[edit]

Region Major Cities/areas
Siberian Federal District Novosibirsk, Omsk, Krasnoyarsk, Kemerovo, Tomsk, Barnaul, Prokopyevsk, Novokuznetsk, Achinsk, Leninsk-Kuznetskiy, Biysk, Yurga and Rubtsovsk
Ural Federal District Ekaterinburg, Tyumen, Chelyabinsk, Surgut and other cities
Far Eastern Federal District Artyom, Birobidzhan, Yakutsk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Blagoveshchensk, Komsomolsk-na-Amure,

Ishim, Magadan, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Gorno-Altaysk, Korsakov, Kyshtym, Kyzyl, Langepas, Nakhodka, Nazarovo, Partizansk, Severouralsk, Tobolsk, Ussuriysk, Zarinsk

 Singapore[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Singapore[13] 95% of Singapore

 South Korea[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Seoul All 25 districts of Seoul.
Busan Major districts of Busan.
Incheon Parts of Yeongjong-do including Incheon International Airport.
Gyeonggi-do Gwacheon, Anyang, Bucheon, Gimpo, Goyang, Guri, Gwangmyeong, Hanam, Namyangju, Seongnam, Siheung, Suwon, Uiwang and Yongin.
Gyeongsangnam-do Parts of Gimhae and Yangsan.

 Taiwan[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Northern Taiwan Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County
Central Taiwan Taichung City, Changhua County
Southern Taiwan Chiayi County, Chiayi City, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County
Eastern Taiwan Ilan County, Hualien County, Taitung County

 Thailand[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Northern Thailand 'Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phayao, Phrae, Uttaradit, Phetchabun, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet,Tak
Northeastern Thailand 'Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nong Khai, Loei Province, Nong Bua Lam Phu
Central Thailand Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chai Nat, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Sawan, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Saraburi, Lopburi Province, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Sing Buri, Suphan Buri, Uthai Thani
Eastern Thailand Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Sa Kaeo, Trat
Western Thailand Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi
Southern Thailand Phuket

 Turkey[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Ankara Anıtkabir
Istanbul Pera Museum, various spot views

 United Arab Emirates[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Dubai Dubai International Airport (including inside views of an Airbus A380 25°14′34″N 55°22′19″E / 25.242748°N 55.37196°E / 25.242748; 55.37196), Burj Khalifa
Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Countries to be added in the future[edit]

 Bangladesh,  Laos,  Philippines,  Sri Lanka,  United Arab Emirates,  Uzbekistan,  West Bank

Countries without any coverage[edit]

 Afghanistan,  Armenia,  Azerbaijan,  Bangladesh,  Bahrain,  Brunei,  Cyprus,  Georgia,  Iran,  Jordan,  Kazakhstan,  North Korea,  Kuwait,  Kyrgyzstan,  Laos,  Lebanon,  Maldives,  Myanmar,  Oman,  Pakistan,  Palestine,  Saudi Arabia,  Sri Lanka,  Syria,  Tajikistan,  East Timor,  Turkmenistan,  Uzbekistan,  Vietnam,  Yemen


The following countries have 360 degree panorama photos similar to the streetview photos, accessible in Google maps:
 Armenia,  Azerbaijan,  Bangladesh,  Brunei,  Cyprus,  Georgia,  Kazakhstan,  North Korea

Controversy[edit]

Like in other places, there has been controversy surrounding plans to bring Street View to various Asian countries.

In Israel, there have been concerns that introducing the service could increase the risk of terrorism to which the region is prone.[14]

Google had to reshoot all images in Japan because the camera cars that took the original photographs were originally too high, leading to privacy concerns. Japanese houses are generally built quite close to the road. Roads are also narrow, often without pavements. Such factors led to privacy concerns with the original photographs.[15]

Police in South Korea raided offices in that country in order to determine if Street View was legal.[16]

In 2013, people in Tambon Sa-iap village, Song District in Phrae Province, Thailand, mistakenly believed that the Street View car was surveying the village for the unwanted Kaeng Suea Ten Dam project and blocked it, not allowing it to take photographs. They also arrested the driver and interrogated him to determine if he was working for the dam project. He was released after swearing on the Buddha that his work was not related to the dam project. After confirming his story, the village's leaders apologized for the misunderstanding.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Japan and Google Street View, special coverage page at Global Voices Online.
  2. ^ "Google Street View blocked in Bangalore". IT World. June 20, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Thailand set to get Google Street View - TNW Asia". Thenextweb.com. 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Malaysian streets on Google". News.asiaone.com. 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  5. ^ Posted by Sun-Gi Hong, Product Manager, South Korea (2012-01-24). "Google Lat Long: Take a tour of South Korea using Street View". Google-latlong.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  6. ^ Pack, Jeremy (2011-02-28). "Pedaling to new places with Street View". Google-latlong.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  7. ^ Starns, Alex (2011-08-16). "Google Lat Long: The journey to bring Iraq’s National Museum to Street View". Google-latlong.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  8. ^ "Google Maps takes street view under the sea". CBC. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  9. ^ "Google Art Project Puts Qatar's Museum of Islamic Art Online". IslamToday. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  10. ^ "Watch how Google brought Street View to the Burj Khalifa (video)". Engadget. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  11. ^ "Google Goes Wild With Latest Street View Additions". ABC. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  12. ^ https://plus.google.com/105381394574595704403/posts/goqkAAqhWu3
  13. ^ "CBC News – Technology & Science – Google Street View adds 9 Canadian cities". Canada: CBC. December 2, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  14. ^ Guynn, Jessica (February 22, 2011). "Some in Israel warn against Google Street View". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Street View under fire in Japan". BBC (UK). May 14, 2009. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  16. ^ Whitney, Lance (August 10, 2010). "South Korea raids Google over Street View". CNet News. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  17. ^ Fredrickson, Terry (August 15, 2013). "What's Google? "Street View" worker stopped for spying". Bangkok Post. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Thai villagers make citizens' arrest of Google Street View driver". The Guardian. August 15, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2014.