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Zoom level : 6
Latitude : 37.81
Longitude : 127.85

"North Korea" and "South Korea" redirects here. For the mapping guide, see North Korea Mapping Guide or South Korea Mapping Guide.

Korea is a region made up of two parts :

  • Flag of North Korea (2-3).svg The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a country located in Northeast Asia. Its longitude is 39.2 latitude and 125 longitude.
  • Flag of South Korea.svg The Republic of Korea (ROK) is a country located in Northeast Asia. Its longitude is 37.5 latitude and 127 longitude.

We welcome anyone interested in making maps of Korea. There are many ways you can contribute, and even if you don't live in Korea, it doesn't matter.


Regions like Korea show the interesting potential of the power of community contributors when compared to map services such as Google. Currently, North Korea's geospatial data is very difficult to obtain due to the country's own closedness. Even known data can be obtained from a small number of institutions, and data that can be utilized such as GIS are even rarer. Therefore, editing the OpenStreet Map for North Korea is to provide more valuable data than editing other countries.

Although spatial information in South Korea is shared domestically, there are significant restrictions when using it from outside. Many cases, such as the failure to export Google Maps information, prove that Korea has severe restrictions on geospatial information. Since OpenStreetMap can edit any form of spatial information and has no restrictions on the scope of use, the possibilities for use in Korea are limitless. An example showing the location of the Gyeongju earthquake.

Naver and Daum North Korea maps have been edited based on OpenStreetMap. frequently featured in the media Fine dust status (aqicn), forecast model (windy.com) This map is based on data from OpenStreetMap. ArcGIS, QGIS representative such as GIS, the software has the ability to import data from OpenStreetMap.

The process of making a map of Korea

Korea's cartography is much better than it was in its early days. However, the size of the area you can see is limited. So, if you are in Korea, please participate in the map correction!

If editing is difficult because of old maps while editing maps, please refer to iD data, JOSM and Naver, and Daum Maps. However, when editing in Korea, you must be careful when it violates the Geospatial Data Management Act.

If you look at the main data uploaded until the summer of 2009, the map of Korea is no longer empty. Highways, arterial roads, auxiliary roads, and tertiary roads have been added. However, there is still a need to organize the data. You can help connect routes, remove duplicate routes, and more. Also, it can be of great help when modifying new buildings or adding new roads.

OpenStreetMap has the ability to set names according to almost all languages around the world, such as Korean and English. For example, add a local name to "name", a Korean name to "name:ko", an English name to "name:en", and a Chinese name to "name:zh". Even if the foreign language name is not immediately visible on the map, you can create a function that only shows English names or Chinese names with programs and applications that use it. This is a useful feature considering Korea's map service, which lacks foreign language map services.

In addition to roads, Korea has been tagged with large cities and neighborhoods. (Currently, there are no guidelines for tagging places in Korea's tagging guidelines.)


  • Pyongyang. The easiest way to receive spatial information about North Korea's administrative districts, buildings, railroads, and roads is to use OpenStreetMap. A boundary called a district (corresponding to a district in South Korea) is shown, and all the city's buildings are created.
  • Seoul. One of the biggest cities in the world. Now there are not only arterial roads but also sub-roads. In addition, it has been edited to better represent areas with river and shoreline data. Administrative boundaries are now in place, and the issue of administrative boundaries in neighboring areas incorrectly marked as part of Seoul has been resolved. Editing guidelines for boundaries below the dong are not yet specific, so it seems that countermeasures are needed.
  • Daejeon. The fifth largest city in Korea is well established. Most of the arterial roads, sub-roads and tertiary roads are there, dedicated users are adding the rest, and also filling in the residential data.
  • Daegu. A small town an hour west of the city is perfect! This very important event was achieved on November 1, 2009. By "perfect", I mean "including small roads like Google Maps", that's a significant number, and there are tools to visualize this. More work is needed to check road classification and add POS, but downtown is done.
  • Suwon. The 8th largest city in Korea with a population of over 1 million. There is a lot of ambiguous data thanks to active development, but the main roads are marked in place. Yeongtong 1-dong and 2-dong have been radically perfected by Contributor Namuori.
  • Gangneung. A city with a population of 200,000 in Gangwon-do. The city had no data other than the main road until only September 2014, but the downtown part was perfected in December 2014. However, the area outside the city is still incomplete.
  • fundamental CIA world factbook map (PD) Take a look.

OSM participants in Korea

There aren't that many right now. To meet other participants, do the following: Mailing lists, Telegram groups and web community are also active.

  1. First, add Category:Users_in_Korea to your wiki users page.
  2. Second, you can join the "한국/조선(Korea) web community".
  3. Third, you can join the "@osmKorea" telegram group.[1] Alternatively, you can join the #OSMKorea:matrix.org matrix room, which is bridged to the telegram group.
  4. Fourth, you can subscribe to the "talk-ko" mailing list.

How you can help

Cleaning the wiki

Wikis always require editing. Instead of creating something new, focus on organizing the data in there. Please read the talk pages and mailing list files to determine any important issues. It is difficult to discuss changes to customs and policies after all the information has been shuffled. If you are a beginner, please provide detailed descriptions of each list to them.

Editing JOSM information

Learn JOSM! And improve resources for new users. This will facilitate recruiting and attracting new users.

Create a map

There are very few people who make maps in Korea. People in Korea tend to focus on tasks that can only be done by people in Korea, such as data collection. It's a bit clunky, but it's possible for people around the world to get the data they need to create a map of Korea. Please leave a message for Korea. See our guide to making maps of South Korea, and for North Korea.


Translations are often required to take advantage of helpful Koreans. If you see information which is compatible with the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license, you need to improve the translation.

In addition to translating OpenStreetMap sites such as iD, translating software such as JOSM and taginfo can also activate OpenStreetMap. JOSM translations


Help find information compatible with the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license used by OSM.

In Korea

Collecting data

Data can be collected through a variety of methods. However, when editing OpenStreetMap in Korea, you must be careful not to engage in acts that violate the [Geospatial Information Management Act. Copying commercial maps such as Naver Maps or Kakao Maps is against the Geospatial Information Management Act. It is legal to draw buildings and roads from satellite images. Uploading of data provided by the National Geospatial Information Portal is currently prohibited as it is considered to be a map export. Posts with reviews of attempts to upload data from the National Geospatial Information Portal.

Collecting data points

Various GPS devices suitable for making maps are expensive and not widely available in Korea. GPS devices added to PDAs and PCs are relatively inexpensive. If you already own a car and have a laptop, a USB or Bluetooth receiver will be a relatively small investment. Many PDAs and smaller laptops will have GPS, but you will need software to be installed to use them for data collection.

Most people will want to get GPS outside the country. The easiest way to avoid tariffs is to take your GPS as a personal item when flying to Korea. Check out Dave's ESL Cafe for information on avoiding tariffs on electronics.

→ If you want to know the types of data collected, refer to South Korea Mapping Guide, or North Korea Mapping Guide.

Collecting other information

You can collect street names, street numbers, and descriptions of representative buildings to be added to maps created with GPS data. Contact User:Korea to request GPS data for your area. For more information, see South Korea Mapping Guide, or North Korea Mapping Guide.

Examples of data that can be used among externally created data

You can edit OpenStreetMap using a map that does not have legal issues such as copyright.

Defining tags that fit Korean reality

To create OSM maps, you need tags along with basic terrain data. That is, the collected data has meaning and must be tagged in order to be displayed on the OSM map. OSM has tags that are used by default. Please refer to Map Features for this. However, these tag guidelines are only approximate guidelines and cannot be applied to Korean reality. Therefore, it is necessary to create a tag guideline that fits the Korean reality. For Korean tag guidelines, please refer to Ko:Map Features.

Convert the collected data into a map

Collected data can exist in two formats. If you have GPS, you may have a GPX file on your local drive. In this case, you can directly convert it to a map and upload it. If you don't have GPS, someone else may have put your GPX route on the server. You can download the data and attach a tag so that it can be converted into map data and upload it again. For details, please refer to the guide to making maps of Korea.

Security area

See Also



  1. It's relatively active, and there are quite a few non-South Koreans editing the North Korea region.