Last year, the world’s virtual tourists favored Japan: its trails weaving up Mount Fuji, its colorful, hectic canal at Dōtonbori and its secluded ruins at Hashima Island were the most popular Street View destinations in Asia. This year, though Japan still attracts many of the world’s virtual tourists, cultural monuments and temples across the region are also taking center stage.
In the past year, India’s iconic Taj Mahal, published on Street View only last February, has emerged as one of the most popular Asian places for global virtual travelers. The fascination with this grand, symmetrical white marble mausoleum also holds within Asia, with the Taj Mahal ranking as one of the most globally viewed destinations by people in Singapore, Australia, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia and, of course, India.
The Street View imagery of Angkor, Cambodia’s thousand-year-old temple city, has also attracted global traffic. While the majestic views of Angkor Wat and Bayon temples attract over 2 million tourists a year in offline tourism, they have also risen as top online destinations for international and Asian Street View fans alike.
Across the region, cultural heritage sites are top of mind for people in Asia looking at Street View. Here’s a look at some of the most popular destinations around the world for Asia’s Street View fans in Australia, India, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.
As we continue working to bring more of the world’s diversity onto Google Maps, it’s exciting to see how virtual travelers are turning to Street View to explore both the region’s fascinating landscapes and diverse cultural heritage.