Google Treasure Map Landmark Hunting


Google outdoes itself once again with their pirate treasure map take on Google Maps. Here we try to find as many landmarks as possible repre...

Google outdoes itself once again with their pirate treasure map take on Google Maps. Here we try to find as many landmarks as possible represented in piratey glory.

By Karn G. Bulsuk

Last year Google brought us retro Google Maps, jokingly designed for the NES, showing all of the world in 8-bit glory. This year, it looks like Google managed to dig up an old pirates treasure map, and have given us the challenge of finding the clue which will invariably lead to treasure and great riches.

As with last year, many of the world's landmarks are represented here. We've gone on our own treasure hunt to try to find all the locations which are represented on the treasure map, in a way that even Captain Kidd would be proud of.

Did you spot any other landmarks? Share them with me and we'll build on the collection before Google deactivates the treasure map!

North America


Austin, Texas

Canyon Village

Area 51

Delray Beach, Florida

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Hollywood, Los Angeles
It looks like the Hollywood sign and Manns Chinese Theater made the cut.

Las Vegas

New York
Lady Liberty is there too.

New York
I'm surprised there's no King Kong shown.

San Francisco, California
The Google complex is also represented here.

San Francisco, California

Scottsdale, Arizona

Seattle, Washington

Washington D.C.

 South America

Rio de Janeiro
Christ the Redeemer is prominently displayed


Big Ben and the Gherkin, among others, can't be missed

Bristol, UK

Loch Ness, Scotland

Berlin, Germany

Athens, Greece

Munich, Germany

Moscow, Russia

Rome and Vatican City, Italy

Paris, France

Versailles, France


Seoul, South Korea
Notice how Psy represents the Gangnam area

Tokyo, Japan
Here we have Tokyo Tower

Tokyo, Japan
This one displays the new Tokyo Skytree and pandas on loan from China

Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan
Large hot springs complex and the Japanese version of the Statue of Liberty

Kamakura, Japan

Himeji Castle, Japan

Ibusuki, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan

Nara, Japan

Odawara Onsen (hot springs), Japan

Osaka Castle, Japan

Okayama, Japan

Beijing, China
The Forbidden City

Hong Kong


Shanghai, China


Sydney, Australia

Ayers Rock, Australia

The Taj Mahal, India



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Karn Bulsuk: Full Speed Ahead: Google Treasure Map Landmark Hunting
Google Treasure Map Landmark Hunting
Karn Bulsuk: Full Speed Ahead
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