Terrorism and the Future of North Korea at the UN - 3/18/17
Phase II Map Complete - 3/5/2017
What's the Point? - 1/27/2017
Activity Spotted at Possible Nuclear Site - 1/12/2017
New launching/landing Sites Constructed? - 1/6/2017

Over Half Million Affected by Floods - 12/2/2016

Missile Tests & Phase II Mapping Update - 9/7/2016

Urban Combat Training Centers - 3/13/2016

Phase I Map Complete & Published - 3/5/2016

The Lost History of Korea - 2/20/2016

Manpo-Changchuan Hydroelctric Dam Construction Continues - 1/17/2016

North Korea's Air Force & Airports - 11/15/2015

Taedong River Pollution - 9/27/2015

Kaechon Hydroelectric Dam Under Construction - 8/15/2015

Rise of Cell Phones - 7/11/2015

Mapping Progress Update #6 - 4/10/2015

Major Landslide in North Hamgyong Province - 3/30/2015

Kumgang Airbase Update - 3/28/2015

North Korea's Stealth Ship-s - 2/12/2015

New Airbase Near Panghyon - 12/28/2014

Road Construction in Kim Jong-un's Korea - 11/3/2014

​North Korea's Beauty & Untouched Wilderness - 6/8/2014

Mapping Update #5 - 5/28/2014

North Korea: 2013 in Review - ​1/17/2014

On the Death of Jang Sung Taek - 12/14/2013

Kangdong Residence - 8/22/2013

Mapping & Satellite Resolution - 8/15/2013

​North Korean Mining - 6/13/2013 (updated May 2015)

New Construction for Artillery - 4/28/2013

Coastal Defense - 4/27/2013

News on the Nuclear Situation - 4/15/2013

Pyongyang Palce & Update #4 - 4/11/2013

Mapping Update #3 - 4/5/2013

The Nuclear Question - 3/20/2013

The Arduous March - 3/13/2013

North Korean Artillery Sites - 3/4/2013

Update 2 + Sightseeing - 3/2/2013

Sajido Naval Base - 3/1/2013

A Caged Population - 2/28/2013

Roadblocks and Restricted Travel - 2/26/2013

Mapping Project Update #1 - 2/24/2013

Propaganda From Space - 2/23/2013

New Missile Test Site - 2/20/2013

History of #AccessDPRK


In 2009 a man named Curtis Melvin and a few associates from George Mason University published a map of North Korea using Google Earth called "North Korea Uncovered", after coming across several smaller works by others. At the time, it was the most complete map of the country ever and it received international praise. It detailed prison camps, military sites, government offices, etc. and had around 11,000 places marked.


In late 2012 I discovered his project and noticed that it was far from the "comprehensive" map it seemed to be, and so I began to make a truly comprehensive map of North Korea, called "#AccessDPRK". Phase I was published on March 5, 2016 and had over 28,000 new places. Phase II (the completed project) was published a year later on March 5, 2017. It contains over 53,000 places!


Along the way I found a new missile test stand under construction (which was picked up by Free Korea), I discovered a new military base, and helped prove that their "stealth ship" program dates back over a decade. My project includes thousands of monuments, military sites along the demilitarized zone with South Korea, economic sites, details of their nuclear facilities and much more.


Please consider supporting this project by using Patreon

© 2015-2020 JacobBogle.com

Online Resources of Interest

Human Rights North Korea - The Hidden Gulag Part 1 (122 pgs., 2003)

HRNK - The Hidden Gulag Part 2 (245 pgs., 2012)

HRNK - Hunger and Human Rights (60 pgs., 2005)

HRNK - An Examination of the North Korean Police State (188 pgs., 2012)

Strategic Studies Inst. - North Korea's Military Strategy (14 pgs., 2003)

​SSI - Civil Military Trends: Military First Policy (69 pgs., 2006)

#AccessDPRK Blog

​Mapping information and other articles of interest relating to North Korea.

Additional AccessDPRK Related Works

The Marketization of North Korea (8 pgs., 2017)

Fueling the Country, Oct. 11, 2019 (NK News Pro)

​​Why a lack of adequate infrastructure may stifle Kim Jong Un's tourism ambitions Oct. 29, 2019 (NK News Pro)

How North Korea is making the most of an aging air force, Dec. 6, 2019 (NK News Pro)


The formal mapping process is over for Phase II and the map has been published. For a detailed accounting of all the different places mapped, read "North Korea by the Numbers".


The main figures are:

​   9,896 individual monuments

   9,594 military sites

   ​35,252 domestic and economic sites


(These add up to over 53,722, this is explained in the above article.)


​Phase III has an additional 3,000 (and counting) sites.


Welcome to #AccessDPRK, the home of the most comprehensive North Korean mapping project in history.


For more information, visit the #AccessDPRK Blog!


**For the final Phase II Google Earth map, with all 53,722 places - you can download the file automatically here.**


The third phase of the project is underway. I'm not sure when it will be completed, but it will contain thousands of additional places, it will be organized in a different way, and will have a fair amount of added detailed information.


Please consider supporting the project via Patreon at either the $3, $5, $15, or $20 level and receive exclusive rewards.

Chongjin Prison Camp Update - 12/6/19
Ryongsong Palace Fortress - 11/27/19
Mystery at the National Defense University - 11/11/19
Recent Growth at Yongbyon - 11/2/19
Missile Bases & Major Underground Sites - 10/23/19

Air Defense and Combat Command HQ - 10/15/19

Missiles and Monuments - 10/2/19

The Great Songwon Mystery - 9/16/19

Punggye-ri Nuclear Facilities Still Stand - 9/3/19

Work at Hagap UGF Continues - 9/1/19

A Pyongsan Addendum - 8/24/19

Slowdown at the Pakchon Uranium Plant - 8/21/19

Support AccessDPRK Using Patreon - 8/17/19

In Defense of Travel to North Korea - 8/11/19

Radioactive River - 8/3/19

Being Gay in North Korea - 6/13/19

Runways Into Plowshares - 6/1/19

Why Has There Not Been a North Korean Stauffenberg? - 5/20/19

The Evolution of Kim's Underground Airbase - 5/14/19

Target Panmunjom - 4/2/19

The Monuments of North Korea - 2/27/19

New Ichon Military Base - 1/23/19

Kim's Army Marches On - 1/17/19

AccessDPRK in 2018 - 1/1/19

The Holy Sites of Juche - 12/27/18

North Korea to the United States: You First - 12/21/18

DPRK-China Border Crossings - 12/4/18

Prison Camp 22 Today - 11/1/18

The Vatican's Abbey in North Korea - 10/5/18

The Democratic Peoples' Republic of Leisure Expands - 9/6/18

The Marketization of North Korea - 9/3/18

NK's Construction Boom Continues - 5/17/18

Rockets and Runways - 1/30/18

North Korea's Great Barrier - 1/18/18

AccessDPRK Update 2018 - 1/3/18

Pyongyang's Thirty Years of Growth - 12/25/17

Possible NK Atmospheric Nuclear Test - 12/12/17

Is North Korea's Prison System far Larger than Expected? - 11/2/17

NoKo's Underground Nuclear Nightmare - 9/16/17

North Korea's Sacrificial Islands - 8/30/17

Kim Jong-un's Spy School Gets Upgrade - 8/25/17

Why Are We in Korea, and Why Do We Care?  - 8/13/17

The Price of the Cult of Kim - 7/15/17

International Friendship Exhibition Expands - 7/7/17

North Korea by the Numbers - 7/4/27

Otto Warmbier, Dennis Rodman, and North Korea - 6/20/17

Kim Jong-un's Secret Escape Plan - 5/24/17

History of Americans Detained by North Korea - 5/17/17

Wonchong Border Crossing Nears Completion - 4/13/17

Recovery Moves Along After 2016 Floods - 4/2/17