Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 7:48 AM
Tourism to South Korea is on the rise, with neighbors from East Asia and beyond making trips to see the birthplace of Korean dramas and K-Pop, sample authentic kimchee, and find cutting-edge fashions in the capital’s Myeongdong shopping district. Today we’re introducing Street View imagery for the two biggest cities, Seoul and Busan, making it even easier for travelers to plan their next visit to South Korea using Google Maps.
For example, you can preview your vacation in Seoul by starting right in Gwanghwamun square. Viewing the surroundings and statue of naval commander Yi Sun-sin provides a sense of the city’s unique intersection of modern and traditional.
For those who want to stretch their legs, we recommend walking in Insadong, a famous shopping area for art and antiques, and then taking in the beautiful autumn foliage at the Stone Wall of Deoksugung when it’s time for a rest. Fans of the universally-beloved Korean soap opera Winter Sonata may want to check out a few background sites from the show, including the hallowed gates of Choongang High School or the Seoul Plaza Hotel.
In the southern seaside city of Busan, famous for its film festival, view the water from Namhang Bridge and then the woody romance of Dalmaji Road, famous as a spot for couples to view the moon at night.
We’re thrilled to release this new street-level imagery and hope it helps tourists — both real and virtual — better find their way to Korea’s great destinations. We also look forward to bringing more Street View coverage to Korea over the coming year.
Learn more about Street View here.