Thailand loves Pokemon Go – but don't think you can go just anywhere to catch them all

Thailand loves Pokemon Go – but don't think you can go just anywhere to catch them all

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission is looking to restrict play of the app in ancient landmarks or areas like hospitals and temples

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Temples are off limits.
Photo: EPA

Pokemon Go finally launched in Thailand on Saturday... and the Election Commission soon warned against eager trainers playing at polling stations during the referendum on a new constitution on Sunday.

More restrictions are likely to be put into place before the week is out.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission are meeting to discuss other zoning restrictions with the game’s Thai licensee today to make sure players do not enter restricted areas while out hunting. That would mean no catching Pokemon in places such as the Royal Palace grounds, Buddhist temples and hospitals.


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The Culture Ministry has already advised the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to limit players’ foot traffic into ancient landmarks. This is because they are worried about potential wear and tear.

The NBTC also is warning Pokemon Go players about unexpected costs. The game is free to download, but data fees can be costly, as can the add-ons available inside the app, ranging from 35 baht (HK$7.70) to 3,500 baht (HK$770).

Other landmarks around the world have asked to be removed as Pokestops. The game was removed from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Players also left the memorial park in Hiroshima, Japan, before the ceremony on Saturday that marked the anniversary of the atomic bombing that killed 140,000 people in the final days of the second world war.

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