North Korea is strange

Posted by sabas88 on 15 August 2013 in English (English)

I was mapping something in North Korea when…


I wonder if they understand they have to put map labels only on the map, not directly on the ground.

BTW some who understand Korean can translate? I’m going to put this on the map, there’s another one near the dam on the right.

Location: Thosan, Tosan County, Hwanghaebuk-do, North Korea

Comment from EdLoach on 15 August 2013 at 15:10

Perhaps it is a copyright message ;)

Comment from Aury88 on 15 August 2013 at 15:39

E come diavolo ci sei finito a mappare la Nord Korea? Non c’era già abbastanza lavoro in Italia? XD

Comment from sabas88 on 15 August 2013 at 15:47

@EdLoach: lol there’s also an exclamation mark, could be “Property of our supreme leader, don’t picture me!”

@Aury88: for the lulz :D

Comment from Haaninjo on 15 August 2013 at 16:14

Found a plausible translation:

자력갱생만이 살길이다! “Self-reliance is the only way to live!”

Comment from sabas88 on 15 August 2013 at 16:46

Cool, thanks! I supposed was some sort of message from the Leader :-)

Comment from Paul Johnson on 16 August 2013 at 04:52

That canal’s centerline could use some extra nodes. And a shoreline.

Comment from Popolon on 16 August 2013 at 20:13

Visiblement c’est une habitude de mettre des écritures géantes sur les flancs de montagnes. En Chine, sur quasiment tous les barrages, le nom du barrage est écrit en grand caractères. Dans certaines régions, j’ai vu des caractères parlant de jeux olympiques ou encore un verset bouddhique en tibétain près du lac Qinghai (je vais mettre tout ça sur wikipedia commons quand j’urais le temps et les lieraient avec les emplacement sur OSM je pense (merci le tag image).

Comment from Popolon on 16 August 2013 at 20:15

OOOps, I wrote in french, sorry. I would say :

This looks like an habits in Asia. In China, most dams have their name in big characters, about the same size than this text. I also seen big text on mountain about olympic sport, or a bouddhique verse in tibetan writting near Qinghai lac. Need to add some pictures about that on commons, geotags them, and add them on OSM, using the image tag.

Comment from sabas88 on 16 August 2013 at 21:29

@Paul: the map it’s a wiki :3

@Popolon: awesome!

I wonder if on a micro-mapping level we shoud map each letter :D

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