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Google Street View is available in 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.
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. Certain features like Bayfront Avenue, Lorong Danau, Jalan Sungei Poyan, Resorts World Sentosa and latest updated info such as Circle Line are not available, but Google Maps have revamped its satellite imagery, into 2009 – 2010 imaging. Google Street View later decided to re-shoot in Singapore, beginning with Singapore F1 Race on November 2011.
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.
On September 3, 2011, Google started to collaborate with Tourism Malaysia to record Malaysian locations to be featured on its Google Map Street View.
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 ]
Bold indicates locations available in newer high quality view, and indicates locations partially available in high quality view. italic bold
Major locations added
Monday, August 4, 2008
Chiba, Hakodate, , Kobe , Kyoto Nara, , Osaka Saitama, , Sapporo Sendai, , Tokyo Yokohama
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
and more Taipei
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Major part of Singapore
Niigata, Sado, Hiroshima, Okayama, Fukuoka, Kumamoto
Thursday, January 21, 2010
, Kaohsiung , Taichung , Hsinchu , Yilan City , Keelung , Hualien City and more Pingtung City
More locations in Japan
Thursday, March 11, 2010
, 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
Major part of Hong Kong including Victoria Harbour
Part of Macau
Monday, February 28, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
National Museum of Iraq [7 ]
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
, Hachinohe , Aomori , Morioka , Ōfunato , Kamaishi , Miyako , Rikuzentakata , Ishinomaki , Kesennuma , Natori , Higashimatsushima , Onagawa , Minamisanriku , Watari , Yamamoto , and more places affected by the Sōma 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
and major cities in the Seoul Seoul Capital Area. Major districts in and parts of Busan Gyeongsangnam-do.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Bangkok, Chiangmai and Phuket
Thursday, April 19, 2012
, Jerusalem , Tel Aviv Haifa
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
, 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 , in Uchinoura Space Center Japan
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
in Apo Island Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines [8 ]
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
More locations in:
Thursday, January 17, 2013
, 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 and more locations in Afula Israel
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
, Nagano , Ueda , Maebashi , Fukui in Mazda Museum and other locations in Japan including various Hiroshima HD images updates
Sunday, March 4, 2013
Museum of Islamic Art [9 ]
Monday, March 18, 2013
on South Base Camp , Mount Everest , Tengboche Monastery , Kala Patthar Mudslide bridge between Lukla and Namche Bazaar, Stupa in Namche Bazaar ( Nepal)
in Mount Fuji Japan
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
, National Museum (New Delhi), in India National Gallery of Modern Art
Friday, April 5, 2013
Landmarks in India including , Nrityagram Dance Village , Wonderla , Janapada Loka Prakruthi Club & Resort, Olde Bangalore Resort, Clarks Exotica, Soukya International Holistic Health Centre and in Indian Statistical Institutes 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, in Regional Engineering College 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
, Sula Vineyards , Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in India Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
, Pattaya , Chon Buri and other locations in Sattahip Thailand
More locations in Singapore
and Sha Tin Che Kung Temple in Ocean Park Hong Kong
Monday, June 24, 2013
Burj Khalifa, Dubai [10 ]
Thursday, 22 August 2013
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding [11 ]
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Cyber Pearl, The Ascendas IT Park and ISB in Hyderabad, India
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
, Batu Caves , Dhammikarama Burmese Temple , Fort Cornwallis , Kapitan Keling Mosque , Putra Square , Sunway Lagoon Titiwangsa Lake Garden
More parks in and planned street view driving locations Klang Valley [12 ]
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
in India Humayun's Tomb
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
in Dargah Sharif Ajmer, India
Thursday, January 9, 2014
, 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
, Fatehpur Sikri , Chandragiri Fort Palli Kondaperumal and Malayadipatti and Shiva Temple, Amaravati Buddhist Stupas & Remains, , Guntupalli Caves Hirakota Fort in India
Thursday, February 20, 2014
and more landmarks in Taj Mahal India
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
, Ajanta Caves , Aurangabad Caves , Elephanta Caves , Jetavana , The Residency Lucknow Lord Cornwallis tomb in India
Areas included [ edit ]
(some company areas, indoor and outdoor, and Hyderabad IMT School)
(park and university campus, some more spots) New Delhi
( Manipal,( Manipal Institute of Technology) Bangalore Wonderla, M. Chinnaswamy Stadiumcricket stadium, Nrityagram, some parks and some more spots)
Jalandhar,( Lovely Professional University)
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, RamBagh Palace, Jaipur
The Residency, Lucknow
Niigata, Sado, , Nagoya Gifu
, Sapporo , Hakodate Asahikawa
, Kobe , Osaka , Kyoto Nara
, Chiba , Saitama , Tokyo Yokohama
, Fukuoka , Nagasaki Hirado, , Kumamoto Tanegashima, Yakushima, Amami Ōshima, Tokunoshima, , Okinawa Miyako Islands, Kagoshima
, Sendai , Fukushima Morioka
Siberian Federal District
, Novosibirsk , Omsk , Krasnoyarsk, Kemerovo, Tomsk, Barnaul and Prokopyevsk, Novokuznetsk, Achinsk, Leninsk-Kuznetskiy, Biysk, Yurga Rubtsovsk
Ural Federal District
and other cities Ekaterinburg, Tyumen, Chelyabinsk, Surgut
Far Eastern Federal District
, Artyom , Birobidzhan , Yakutsk , Irkutsk , Khabarovsk , Blagoveshchensk ,
, Ishim , Magadan , Vladivostok , Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk , Gorno-Altaysk , Korsakov , Kyshtym , Kyzyl , Langepas , Nakhodka , Nazarovo , Partizansk , Severouralsk , Tobolsk , Ussuriysk Zarinsk
Seoul All 25 districts of Seoul.
Busan Major districts of Busan.
Incheon Parts of
Yeongjong-do including Incheon International Airport.
Gwacheon, Anyang, Bucheon, Gimpo, Goyang, Guri, Gwangmyeong, Hanam, Namyangju, Seongnam, Siheung, Suwon, Uiwang and Yongin.
Gyeongsangnam-do Parts of
Gimhae and Yangsan.
, Taipei City , New Taipei City Taoyuan County, Hsinchu County
, Taichung City Changhua County
Chiayi County, Chiayi City, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County
Ilan County, Hualien County, Taitung County
, Chiang Mai , Chiang Rai , Lampang , Lamphun , Mae Hong Son , Nan , Phayao , Phrae Uttaradit
, Khon Kaen , Nakhon Ratchasima Nong Khai
, Ang Thong , Ayutthaya , Bangkok , Chai Nat , Kamphaeng Phet , Nakhon Nayok , Nakhon Pathom , Nakhon Sawan , Nonthaburi , Pathum Thani , Phetchabun , Phichit , Phitsanulok , Samut Prakan , Samut Sakhon , Sing Buri , Sukhothai , Suphan Buri Uthai Thani
, Chachoengsao , Chanthaburi , Chonburi , Prachin Buri , Rayong , Sa Kaeo Trat
, Kanchanaburi , Ratchaburi Tak
Countries to be added in the future [ edit ]
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam [14 ] [15 ] Pakistan, [16 ] United Arab Emirates, [17 ] West Bank [18 ] [19 ]
Controversy [ edit ]
Like in other places, there has been controversy surrounding plans to bring Street View to various Asian countries.
Israel, there have been concerns that introducing the service could increase the risk of terrorism to which the region is prone. [20 ]
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. [21 ]
South Korea raided offices in that country in order to determine if Street View was legal. [22 ]
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. [23 ] [24 ]
References [ edit ]
^ Japan and Google Street View, special coverage page at Global Voices Online.
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^ "Malaysian streets on Google". News.asiaone.com. 2011-09-03 . Retrieved 2012-04-30.
^ 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.
^ Pack, Jeremy (2011-02-28). "Pedaling to new places with Street View". Google-latlong.blogspot.com . Retrieved 2013-01-19.
^ 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.
^ "Google Maps takes street view under the sea". CBC . Retrieved 2013-08-29.
^ "Google Art Project Puts Qatar's Museum of Islamic Art Online". IslamToday . Retrieved 2013-08-28.
^ "Watch how Google brought Street View to the Burj Khalifa (video)". Engadget . Retrieved 2013-08-28.
^ "Google Goes Wild With Latest Street View Additions". ABC . Retrieved 2013-08-28.
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^ Google Street View to feature West Bank settlements | +972 Magazine. 972mag.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-25.
^ Google Street View arrives in West Bank settlement | JPost | Israel News. JPost (2013-08-19). Retrieved on 2013-08-25.
^ Guynn, Jessica (February 22, 2011). "Some in Israel warn against Google Street View". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved March 17, 2011.
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