Pokemon Go Safari Zone event to be held in Tainan

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Courtesy of Tainan City Government

Courtesy of Tainan City Government

Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) A Pokemon Go Safari Zone event, where players catch elusive Pokemon monsters, is to be held in Tainan, according to Tainan City Government.

Acting Mayor of Tainan Lee Meng-yen (李孟諺) announced on Thursday that the event will kick off in Tainan Metropolitan Park and Chimei Museum on Nov. 1 and run through Nov. 5.

The city's Tourism Bureau estimates the event will attract 200,000 Pokemon Go players during the five day period.

Sue Wang (王時思), head of the Tourism Bureau, said players will encounter rarely seen virtual Pokemon creatures, such as Relicanth, which only normally appears in the wild in New Zealand and Psychic-type Pokemon Unown.

In addition to Tainan Metropolitan Park and Chimei Museum, the two major venues for the event, Pokemon Go players will also be able to gain access to virtual monsters in about 30 hot spots in the city such as National Cheng Kung University's banyan garden, the grounds of Tainan Confucius Temple, Chigu Salt Mountain and Jingliao Old Street in Houbi District.

Visitors will be able to chase and catch Pokemon monsters at the two venues and 30 hot spots from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for five days, the tourism bureau said.

The bureau said the event organizers will arrange three greetings a day when they will send workers at the event dressed up as Pokemon monsters, such as Pikachu, to the plaza in front of Chimei Museum to meet visitors.

Visitors who meet with the Pokemon monster dolls will be given a chance to win free gifts including Pikachu-themed hats, the bureau said.

Pokemon Go, the free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game, released in select countries in July 2016, came to Taiwan in August 2016, making the country the third site in Asia to experience virtual creatures-catching after Hong Kong and Japan.

When playing the game, players use a mobile device's GPS capability to locate, capture, battle, and even train virtual monsters.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Frances Huang)
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