Mongolia ON the Map!

While talking to a friend today, I visited Google Maps, a function within Google that I used to use back when I was in US daily.  I had stopped using it in Mongolia because there really is not much to show for… But guess what I found?!

Mongolia IS on the Map!

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia map on Google
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia map on Google

I could not believe it, but I am very happy about this.  Finding places is always a pain, especially for tourists, foreigners, and Mongolians like me who don’t always know where everything is located.  The thing is… in Mongolia, people don’t use street names.  No one knows street names here.  Everyone goes by places… as in where something is located next to some place that people know.  Often, those places don’t even exist anymore, but the name remained.

In any case, the Google Maps has the names of places on the map.  How cool is that?

Of course, the extra features such as traffic and street view are not available in Mongolia yet.  However, that is probably only a matter of time.  This will be very cool.  Imagine taxi drivers in Mongolia not wanting to drive somewhere because they saw traffic jam on Google maps.  haha!  It might be five or ten years to go, but it’s coming I tell ya!

This is very exciting news for me.

BTW, I pulled up the map with terrain.  It worked great.  Check it out.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia map on Google with Terrain
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia map on Google with Terrain

As noted in the image above, the 13th and 15th districts are misplaced.  They are actually located EAST of the Suhkbaatar Square in the center of the city, NOT to the west.

All in all, I am just very happy.  This just made my day.  I might go have a vodka shot to celebrate!

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Mergen

Born in 1979. Lived, studied, and worked in the US from 1992-2007. Currently in Mongolia since 2007. Own and manage WebGuru Co Ltd (www.WEBGURU-CO.COM), an internet marketing and web design / development company based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

8 thoughts on “Mongolia ON the Map!”

  1. BTW, I should add that Google now uses a Wiki process where we are allowed to edit. — I just learned this today — I went in and added the Grocery Store #4, where our office is located nearby, into Ulaanbaatar city map. This was quite impressive!

    However, apparently, I didn’t draw correctly and received an email from the moderator stating that I need to more accurately draw my polygons in the future. 😀

  2. Very good news Mergen! I am really excited… I hope people will input more accurate info, so instead of 4-5 years, we will have complete UB on google maps within this year!

    I heard Mongolian wireless carriers bringing 3G internet network, so Mongolians will use google maps on daily bases. I am sure someone will take care of the sigalerts. Since its UB, google may add foot traffic alerts as well… hehehe

  3. @monji lol foot traffic alerts sounds like a great idea. kkk

    honestly though, with the current road construction mess, UB could REALLY use traffic alerts. everyone is stressed. taxi drivers and taxi riders, alike. bus drivers and bus riders as well…

  4. “All in all, I am just very happy. This just made my day. I might go have a vodka shot to celebrate!”

    -Really?

    “However, apparently, I didn’t draw correctly and received an email from the moderator stating that I need to more accurately draw my polygons in the future”

    -How creative you are,hehe 🙂

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