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North Korea and its gulags are now on Google Maps

Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang, North Korea // Ng Han Guan/AP

Thanks to citizen cartographers, Google is finally able to fill in one of the last blank spaces on its version of Earth. Last night, the company added North Korea to vast database, and now we can see things like the Hermit Kingdom's mass transit routes, Pyongyang's parks, and even the country's gigantic gulags. Here's what would happen if you tried to map out Pyongyang before.

And here's a picture of what the Google Map looks like now. (Better, right?) 

"To build this map, a community of citizen cartographers came together in Google Map Maker to make their contributions such as adding road names and points of interest," writes the Google team on its blog.

It seems like citizen cartographers didn't just stop at parks, monuments, and mass transit—they also included the country's infamous gulags on the map. To signify them, Google shaded the areas a different color.

Read more at The Atlantic Wire

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