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!
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.
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!