Google Maps in North Korea

Glorious news for the people of North Korea: Google Maps now supports driving directions for your much-admired native land! The maps of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, surveyed by great statesman and accomplished cartographer Kim Jong Un on his first cross-country drive at three years old, have been assembled and put onto the world wide web by Google. Though they are capitalist dogs, the supreme leader graciously accepts their digital gift, and will reward them by not threatening extinction today.

The maps will now permit the great people of North Korea to navigate their magnificent nation with greater efficiency than ever before. On the smartphone they're not allowed to have. In the car they can't buy. With the internet they can't access. On the roads that don't exist.

Just know that your pilgrimage from Chongpyong to pay homage to the glorious supreme leader in Pyongyang will cover 270 km and take exactly 2 hours and 55 minutes, without traffic. Because there's never any traffic thanks to the superior city planning and engineering skills of the mighty Kim Jong Un.

Source: North Korea Tech; Via: 9to5Google

 
There are 84 comments

robk84 says:

I don't think its funny to make light of the horrible tyranny and abissimal conditions the north Korean people are forced to live under.

Making fun of Kim Jong Un and the DPRK's absurd propoganda ≠ making light of tyranny and the abysmal quality of life in North Korea.

robk84 says:

I agree with you to an extent and I do agree they should be the subject of ridicule but at the same time it reminds me of the old Mad TV bit with Kim Jong Il which depicted him as a funny cartoon villain and people had a harder time seeing how horrible he made the lives of the people in North Korea.

If you believe a caricature on Mad TV is a fair and accurate representation of Kim Jong Il, the problem isn't the people who are creating the skit.

Kvoth says:

How is this remotely the same?

I think it's a great witty ridicule on both the regime and the absurdity of having Google Maps navigation in North Korea.

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WolfpacDAR says:

Ahh, the beauty of us having human/civil rights and NOT being under the oppression of a tyrannical ruler: you can post this, and only at worst face the wrath of the modern day internet troll, but ultimately not fear any major repercussions that you should even bother to concern yourself with.

and for what it's worth, your humor was not lost on all of us. It's target was well understood by some...

estockda says:

+1

moelsen says:

+1

+3.15

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jackwagon06 says:

That, You can print!

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Gladius Nova says:

This

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bulls2213 says:

Christ. Lighten up.

Sweeet1102 says:

+1

timoseewho says:

-1

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If you don't think it's funny, then don't do it. AndroidCentral isn't subject to your approval.

ScottJ says:

Actually, collectively, it is. Without readers they have no revenue or reason to be for that matter.

Luckily for us, one single moron isn't representative of their entire readership. Notice no one else seems to have an issue with poking fun at bat-shit insane dictators.

seanjenkins says:

The rest of the world makes fun of America's absurd propaganda and tyranny. You might as well have some fun too

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kctony says:

+420

Its actually harder than it appears. I make it look easy.

cjbrigol says:

Yeah this seemed a little out of character for AC.

bergeronjc says:

I think it's funny and my opinion matters more than yours because I think so. So therefore you now have to think it's funny since your opinion does not matter anymore.

Xader says:

You sir, have presented an un-defeatable argument.

I doff my cap to thee...

Zig261 says:

Hahahahahahahahaha. Do North Koreans outside of Dear Leader even have cars?
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Yes, they even have advanced technology such as wood burning cars. (I'm not joking)

mathiasjk says:

Let's just say their technological advances aren't that great: http://i.imgur.com/y5C9PyK.jpg

benhaube says:

You make fun of it now, but our country is headed down the same road. We are already to the point where the Constitution doesn't matter anymore. The Government does whatever they want now, and Obama's the worst when it comes to this. He wishes he had the kind of power that Kim Jong Un has.

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thNoz says:

Yawn.

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FrigidNorth says:

You've gotta be kidding me...

littleemp says:

THANKS OBAMA!

Ben, Obama is the worst? Lol your hero bush is a war criminal who should be in the Hague facing war crimes and crimes against humanity charges right along with dick Cheney and rumsfeld.

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hahahhaha

Warrenisit says:

They're both war criminals. You right/left people are sheep. Keep watching tv.

net62957 says:

+1

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jackwagon06 says:

Snowden interview tonight, I'll be watching TV fer sure, bra!

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phoenixpath says:

What we can glean from the above post:

The poster has zero knowledge of conditions in NK.

The poster has zero knowledge of conditions in the US.

More than likely, the poster gets all his "knowledge" from Facebook posts and his own delusional imagination.

A895 says:

This.

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Dizfunctions says:

Is that what Faux News told you?

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A895 says:

Oh please, cry us a river.

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And here we go...

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Excellent! Now I just have to wait for Google to add Street View.

timoseewho says:

Gotta wait until KJU makes his rounds again, not sure when

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ryanmtech says:

i lold

littleemp says:

Is this sarcasm I detect on this post? Clearly you are not implying that South Korea is a better Korea, unless you're a paid shill for Samsung or LG!

God I wish we had a thumbs up button in these comments.

minnow4 says:

+1

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travaz says:

You better be careful Dear Leader hold the patent on the thumbs up

net62957 says:

Add some blue trim along the borders too.

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net62957 says:

That request was to God......not Derek.

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kjrod98 says:

Don't you mean a +1 button? :p

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A895 says:

Lol

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adamcwingert says:

I knew as soon as I read this that there had to be some peckerheads that want to act all "Politically Correct" and say how horrible this article is. Grow up, laughter makes everything better and if you can't have a sense of humor about everything, go kill yourself. Thanks and great article. Very funny

808Mobi says:

+1

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mdentley says:

+1

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ScottJ says:

You're right. I looked at your avatar and laughed my ass off. Thanks. I feel better.

jackwagon06 says:

I took an anti - depressant instead of killing myself.....lol

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jlrod89 says:

Lol love the sarcasm!

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Rowan Allen1 says:

This was very entertaining. More articles like this please!

rickmla says:

Yeah, I've visited North Korea, and this was spot on. You think AC is trying to be funny here? This is a pretty fair imitation of their writing style. According to the DPRK, the Kims are personally responsible for an unbelievable number of amazing feats.

user7618 says:

Like the discovery of a unicorn cave just outside of Pyongyang. I wonder if I can get Google nav to show me where it is.

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This was quite entertaining. Almost exactly how it would have been reported in the actual DPRK

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bergeronjc says:

The Supreme Leader was busy with cold fusion before the age of 3. That is why it took so long for him to survey the mighty land.

rlbrooks says:

There's the peppa Derek! Haven't read a fastball from you in awhile. Nice!

cybertec69 says:

Now that was hilarious :)

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ryanmtech says:

Thank you Derek, best article I've read all day.

Jeremy626 says:

o OK.. no one can even use the Internet there, let alone even afford a car.. I guess this is only for Kim.

dudeman456 says:

Actually the people in the capital have internet access.

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barkomatic says:

This will be a big convenience for the Supreme Leader as he travels between the internment camps for political prisoners.

pagger says:

grate leader will see...shoot you later lol

from my old note3 which i had to sell my soul for;)

NoNexus says:

This is one article that I am going to just make some popcorn sit back and enjoy the comments on.

I can cause trouble elsewhere without having to pick the low hanging fruit (no Apple pun intended)

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ScottJ says:

"I can cause trouble elsewhere..."

I'm glad you've finally admitted you're a troll.

jackwagon06 says:

Lol, trolling with intelligence is at least a good read.

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Synycalwon says:

Awesome article! Made me laugh out loud. :) Sarcasm is one of the best forms of humor. Unfortunately it's lost on many... :(

sibeans says:

haha, thanks for the chuckle! happy hump day!

jean15paul says:

If there are no roads then how does Dennis Rodman get around?

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net62957 says:

Noodle drives the lane.

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The Empress says:

Are their death camps on Yelp?

dudeman456 says:

No Google Reviews, I am not kidding. There are reviews for most places on Google Reviews/Maps

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leaponover says:

What's lost in all of this is that I'm in S. Korea and STILL can't use google maps for navigation. It's total irony that N. Korea gets google nav before S. Korea.

Jesse Travis says:

Best news article I have ever read! +1

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Nobody ever talks about the absurd and abysmal laws of Saudi Arabia, or the blatant discrimination that people of colour face in dubai on a daily basis or the nearly slave like work conditions of workers in the gulf country. oh wait the petroleum

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sher9501 says:

Yeah, but no. DRPK is far worse than those.

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twelkit says:

Still no streetview though?

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