Google on Thursday launched its Street View image-collecting project for Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and more than 10 other provinces in Cambodia, allowing users to navigate 360-degree images of streets, markets and landmarks in the cities and provinces.
Users can explore Phnom Penh’s Wat Phnom, Royal Palace gardens and the majority of the city’s streets and markets. They can also enter and explore the multiple corridors of Central Market.
Outside of Phnom Penh, users can see some streets and attractions in Stung Treng, Kratie, Ratanakkiri, Mondolkiri, Kompong Thom, Kompong Cham, Tbong Khmum, Kep, Kampot, Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey provinces.
In Kratie, users can enter the 100 Pillars Pagoda, while in Mondolkiri, they can view Bou Sra waterfall. In Kampot, users can climb Bokor Mountain and view Sampov Pram Pagoda. In Kompong Cham, they can explore Wat Nokor temple.
The project by the U.S. Internet giant began last July.
“We all hope the Street View imagery launched today in Cambodia will create new ways for people around the world to experience Cambodia, and by doing so, help create better awareness of this country and attract more tourism,” said Divon Lan, a product manager at Google.
So Visothy, director of the marketing and promotion department at the Ministry of Tourism, said Google’s latest project in the country would attract tourists and help them get around once they arrive.
“It’s like a guide, because when they arrive here, they can find attractions and easily move from place to place,” he said. “It will increase international and domestic tourism because everyone can search and share places.”
The project comes four months after Google launched an interactive map of Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, allowing users to explore more than 100 temples, including Angkor Wat, through panoramic images.