We have it with Angkor Wat, and now, Borobudur! Google Street View comes to Java’s amazing stupa and it’s a great way to visit (or re-visit) the reliefs on the temple.
Recording street view for Google. Source: Jakarta Post 20150929
A comprehensive trip to Borobudur from your couch
Jakarta Post, 29 September 2015
Giant search engine Google now makes it possible for globe travelers to experience the world’s wonders even before booking a tour package.
Launched on Sept. 27 across Google platforms — Google Maps, Street View and the Cultural Institute — users can access panoramic, 360-degree imagery of Borobudur Temple, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from their mobile devices.
In partnership with the Culture and Education Ministry, Tourism Ministry and the agency managing the maintenance of the temple and other heritage sites in the vicinity — PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan dan Ratu Boko — Google released a number of virtual tours of the site, located in the Central Java town of Magelang, a one hour drive from Yogyakarta.
Google Indonesia’s head of public policy and government relations Shinto Nugroho explained that Borobudur Temple was chosen to mark the digitalization of Indonesia’s heritage sites because it met a number of criteria.
“Borobudur Temple is a heritage site with amazing architecture and it’s also a main tourist destination,” she said at a launch event held at the temple compound, in conjunction with Google’s 17th anniversary.
Full story here.
Check out Street View here.
I like that Angkor on Google Street View has made the monuments more accessible, but have they made the sacred profane? This opinion piece in the Khaleej Times seems to think so.
The Khaleej Times, 12 April 2014
The Khaleej Times, 12 April 2014
Now you don’t need a passport to visit Angkor Wat – just an internet connection! Google has announced Street View for Angkor, giving you on-the-ground views of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Beng Melea and Banteay Srei.
Angkor in Google Street View
Google Street View for Angkor
Remember last month when Cambodia complained to Google about its incorrect maps at the Preah Vihear border? Ogle Earth has a nice roundup about the disputed maps and a little background to the border spat. I found it quite interesting that when the temple was awarded to Cambodia by the ICJ, Thailand didn’t lower the flagpole flying over Preah Vihear and dug out the flagpole – with flag still flying – and moved the pole into Thai territory a kilometre away.
Where does Google stand on the Thai-Cambodian border at Preah Vihear Temple?
Ogle Earth, 07 Feb 2010 (via Changwat, Amphoe, Tambon)
Cambodia files a complaint against Google for placing more than half of Preah Vihear into Thai territory. Google has responded that they will look into the matter, and here’s a picture taken off Google Maps on Wednesday (10 Feb 2010).
Cambodia rebukes Google over disputed Thai border map
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 06 February 2010
Google to review Cambodian map over Preah Vihear Temple
Xinhua, 10 February 2010
Google says it will look into complaint from Cambodia that border map with Thailand is wrong
AFP, via Baltimore Sun, 10 February 2010
This late edition of rojak comes at the last hours of Wednesday (local time) because I was rushing for another deadline… it’s been a pretty news-filled week, with the standoff at Preah Vihear taking centre-stage. We’ll have some blogamentaries about it featured below, along with pictures from the royal funeral, tattoos, tradition and Google.
photo credit: RabunWarna