Google Street View in Asia

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In Asia, Google Street View is available in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. It is also available for a few select tourist attractions in the People's Republic of China and Pakistan.[1][2]

Timeline of introductions[edit]

Service in Japan was introduced on August 4, 2008. Japan's coverage was initially concentrated in five areas with a total of 10 camera icons. The service has faced criticisms from bloggers in Japan of cultural insensitivity.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

On September 3, 2011, Google started to collaborate with Tourism Malaysia to record Malaysian locations to be featured on its Google Map Street View.[6]

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.[7]

Google Street View in Jordan was launched in November 2015 which included 43 archaeological sites. On the announcement day, Queen Rania wrote on the announcement and praised tourism enhancing efforts in Jordan.[8]

Areas included[edit]

Reference:[9]

 Bangladesh[edit]

District/Region Major cities/areas
Sylhet roads all over the Sylhet city
Dhaka roads all over the Dhaka city
Chittagong roads all over the Chittagong city
Khulna roads all over the Khulna city
Dhaka - Chittagong Highway Complete coverage through Dhaka - Chittagong highway route.
Dhaka - Khulna Highway Complete coverage through Dhaka - Khulna highway route.
Khulna- Shamnagar Highway Complete coverage through Khulna- Shamnagar highway route.
Cox's Bazar Several Tourist attractions, Marine Drive Rd, Beach Area and some roads across the town.

 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

 East Timor[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Underwater views in Jaco Island, East Timor

 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
Andhra Pradesh Amaravati (Buddhist monuments)visakhapatnam(some company areas, indoor and outdoor, and beach roads)
Telangana Hyderabad (some company areas, indoor and outdoor, and IMT School)
Bihar Sasaram (Tomb of Sher Shah Suri), Nalanda, Vikramashila
Delhi New Delhi (park and university campus, some more spots)
Uttar Pradesh Agra (Taj Mahal)
Gujarat Ahmedabad (Sardar Patel Stadium), Halol (Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park), Patan (Rani ki vav),Dholavira (Harrapan sites)
Karnataka Manipal (Manipal Institute of Technology), Bangalore (Wonderla M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Nrityagram, some parks and some more spots), Pattadakal, Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo
Odisha Konark (Konark Sun Temple), Bhubaneswar (Rajarani Temple)
Madhya Pradesh Gwalior (Gwalior Fort), Vidisha (Udayagiri Caves), Khajuraho (Lakshmana Temple)
Maharashtra Mumbai (Gateway of India)
Punjab Jalandhar (Lovely Professional University), Amritsar (Harmandir Sahib)
Rajasthan Jaipur (Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Rambagh Palace, MNIT Jaipur)
Tamil Nadu Villupuram District (Gingee Fort - popularly called as Troy of the East) ]
Uttar Pradesh Lucknow (The Residency, Lucknow)
various more landmarks around country

 Indonesia[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Jabodetabek Jakarta, Tangerang, Depok, Bogor, Bekasi
West Java Bandung, Karawang and Pantura Road from Karawang to Cirebon
Central Java Semarang, Pantura Road from Brebes to Lasem, Rembang
East Java Surabaya, Gresik, Sidoarjo, Lamongan, Mojokerto, Pasuruan
Bali Southern Part of Bali Island includes Denpasar, Badung, Tabanan, Bangli, Gianyar and Klungkung

 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]

Full Coveraged

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

 Jordan[edit]

Region Sites
North Region Jerash monuments, Jerash Museum, Ajloun castle, Ajloun Forest Reserve, Ajloun Museum, Umm Qais Archaeological site, Umm Qais Museum, Capitolias (Beit Ras), Pella (Tabaqet Fahl), Rihab church, Umm el-Jimal, Qasr Al-Hallabat
Central Region Al-Maghtas (Baptismal site), Surb Karapet Armenian Apostolic Church, Amman Citadel, Umayyad Palace, Roman amphitheater, Odeon theater, Jordan Museum, Iraq Al-Amir, Qasr Amra, Qasr Al-Azraql, Qasr Al-Kharanah, Mount Nebo, Madaba Church, Qasr Machaerus, Ma'in Hot Springs, Dead Sea Panorama Complex, Dhiban, Umm ar-Rasas, Qasr Tuba, Qasr Al-Qatraneh, Karak Castle, Lowest point on earth Museum, Lot Cave
South Region Tafilah, Fenyan eco-lodge, Montreal Crusader castle, Athruh, Aqaba Fortress

 Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Bishkek Bishkek
Chuy Region Kara-Balta, Sosnovka, Tokmok
Issyk Kul Region Balykchy, Bokonbayevo, Karakol
Jalal-Abad Region Jalal-Abad
Naryn Region Kochkor, Naryn
Osh Region Osh, Uzgen
Talas Region Talas
and major roads

 Laos[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Champasak Province Pakse
Louangphrabang Province Luang Prabang
Savannakhet Province Savannakhet
Vientiane Prefecture Vientiane
Vientiane Province Vang Vieng

 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
Sarawak Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri
Sabah All major towns except Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna
Terengganu Chukai, Dungun, Kerteh, Jerteh, Kuala Terengganu, Marang

 Maldives[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Vicinity Underwater views

 Mongolia[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Ulan Bator streets in Ulan Bator. Sükhbaatar Square and National Academic Drama Theatre in Ulan Bator. Also Bagakhangai, Baganuur, Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue
Dornogovi Province Erdene, Sainshand, Züünbayan, Zamyn-Üüd
Orkhon Province Erdenet
Darkhan-Uul Province Darkhan
Selenge Province Züünkharaa, Sükhbaatar, Altanbulag, Khüder
Töv Province 13th Century Complex, Bayan, Erdene, Zuunmod
various part of Mandalgovi and more locations

   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
Khumbu Region Lukla, Phakding, Khumjung, Phortse, Panboche, Dughla, Lobuche, Thamu, Thame

 Pakistan[edit]

District/Region Major cities/areas
Lahore Tomb of Muhammad Iqbal, Lahore Museum, Badshahi Mosque, Tomb of Jahangir, Walled City of Lahore, Shalimar Gardens, Quaid-e-Azam Library, Shrine of Hazrat Mian Mir, Tomb of Malik Ahmad Ayaz, Kamran's Baradari, Lahore Fort, King Edward Medical University, Government College University (Lahore), University of the Punjab (Allama Iqbal Campus) and Wazir Khan Mosque[2][10][11]
Sheikhupura Hiran Minar Monument and Park, Tomb of Waris Shah, Sheikhupura Fort[2][10][11]
Rawalpindi Mankiala/ Stupa of Buddha[2][10][11]
Kasur Shrine of famous poet and Sufi saint Bulleh Shah[2][10][11]
Sahiwal Harappa Archaeological Site and Museum[2][10][11]
Bahawalpur Derawar Fort[2][10][11]
Chakwal Katasraj temple, complex of temples, lake and a Buddhist stupa[2][10][11]
Pak Pattan Shrine of Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Ganjshakar[2][10][11]
Jhelum Rohtas Fort and Museum[2][10][11]

 Philippines[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Metro Manila Quezon City, Pateros, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela
Ilocos Region Pangasinan, national road from Pagudpud to Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, Crisologo St., Plaza Burgos and Salcedo in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, national roads in Agoo, Tubao, Santo Tomas and Rosario in La Union
Cagayan Valley Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya
CAR Flora and Santa Marcela in Apayao, Baguio City, La Trinidad and Mount Pulag in Benguet, major roads in Pinukpuk, Rizal and Tabuk in Kalinga
Central Luzon Bulacan, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales
CALABARZON Cavite including the Island of Corrigidor, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal and Quezon
Bicol Region Albay, Camarines Sur and national roads in Camarines Norte and Sorsogon
Western Visayas Iloilo including Islas de Gigantes in Carles, Guimaras Island, major roads in Capiz
NIR Bacolod and Talisay cities in Negros Occidental, views of ocean floor near Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental
Central Visayas Metropolitan Cebu and nearby towns including Mactan Island all in Cebu
SOCCSKSARGEN General Santos in South Cotabato, major roads across Sarangani
Davao Region Davao City , Malalag in Davao del Sur

 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[12] 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.

 Sri Lanka[edit]

Area
All major roads and most other roads.[13]

 Taiwan[edit]

Full Coveraged

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
Northeastern Thailand Amnat Charoen, Bueng Kan, Buriram, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Loei, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Surin, Sisaket, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Yasothon
Central Thailand Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chai Nat, Kamphaeng Phet, Lopburi Province, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Sawan, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phetchabun, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Saraburi, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Sing Buri, Sukhothai, Suphan Buri, Uthai Thani
Eastern Thailand Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Sa Kaeo, Trat
Western Thailand Kanchanaburi, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ratchaburi, Tak
Southern Thailand Chumphon, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phang Nga, Phatthalung, Phuket, Ranong, Satun, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang

 Turkey[edit]

Region Major cities/areas
Ankara Anıtkabir
Istanbul SALT institution, Pera Museum ; indoor views
Çanakkale Province Landmarks on southern part of Gallipoli peninsula

 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

Controversy[edit]

As 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. ^ "Tech in Asia - Connecting Asia's startup ecosystem". 
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  3. ^ Japan and Google Street View, special coverage page at Global Voices Online.
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  6. ^ "Malaysian streets on Google". News.asiaone.com. 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Official Google Blog: Discover Jordan’s past and present in Google Maps". googleblog.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
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  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i http://www.pakistanitech.com/2015/08/google-launched-street-view-maps-of.html?m=1
  12. ^ "CBC News – Technology & Science – Google Street View adds 9 Canadian cities". Canada: CBC. December 2, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Google Lat Long: Ayubowan Sri Lanka!". Google Lat Long. 
  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. 

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