Monday, January 26, 2015

Naver Maps features "Old Incheon"


Naver Maps has a special map section called 테마지도 ("Themed Maps"), where you can explore certain topics they've presented. One that caught my eye recently was "Old Incheon" in which they've made it convenient to switch between years of old aerial and satellite photos, from between 1985 to the present, so you can explore the various geographic and demographic changes to the Incheon area over these years.

A table of buttons lets you quickly select photo views from the years 1985, 1998, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 1007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. The map area does not cover all of Korea, but focuses on the western Incheon area, particularly focusing on Yeongjongdo (영종도), the Incheon International Airport (인천국제공항) island. Very cool!

screenshot of Naver Maps' "Old Incheon" featured topic

One problem though, which I ran into on both Firefox and Chrome, is that switching through the years seems not to load the corresponding tiles well. Like most things Korean Internet, you'll want to use Internet Explorer for it to run smoothly.

Check it out at http://map.naver.com/?topic=oldincheon


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