Citizen Spies

June 3, 2009 – 9:32 am

Thanks to Google Maps, we know that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has an awesome swimming pool, complete with a bitchin’ water slide:



(click to see it on Google Maps)

But Google Maps also shows us the cost of excess.



(click to see it on Google Maps)

This is a very small sampling of the mass graves resulting from the 1995-1998 famines (the “Arduous March”) that killed around two million people.

This hellish tour of North Korean is curated by Curtis Melvin, a PhD candidate who, along with a few fellow investigators, has spent the last two years annotating the maps of North Korea in Google Earth. He was recently profiled in a fascinating Wall Street Journal article.

Go to Curtis Melvin’s site to download the incredible kmz file which will open up in Google Earth if you have it installed.

  1. 2 Responses to “Citizen Spies”

  2. What is unusual with the swimming pool? If this was the only “luxury” facility of Kim Jong Il I see nothing unusual there.

    I don’t see “mass graves” on the image below - where are they?

    By Johnny Schehr on Jan 29, 2012

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