by Natnicha Chuwiruch, The Associated Press, August 8, 2016
BANGKOK (AP) — The Royal Palace is among the places Pokemon shouldn't Go in Thailand.
The highly anticipated augmented reality game "Pokemon Go" was launched in the country Saturday, and the Election Commission soon warned against playing at polling stations during Sunday's referendum on a new constitution.
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission will discuss other zoning restrictions Tuesday with the game's Thai licensee to make sure players don't enter restricted areas in search of their virtual prey. That would mean no catching Pokemon in places such as the Royal Palace grounds, Buddhist temples and hospitals.
The Culture Ministry has already advised the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to limit players' foot traffic into ancient landmarks for fear of the potential wear and tear.
The game involves players trekking to prominent local landmarks, or Pokestops, to gather supplies used to capture "pocket monsters," or Pokemon.
The NBTC also is warning "Pokemon Go" players about unexpected costs. The game is free to download on Android and iOS systems, but Internet usage fees can be costly, as can the add-ons available inside the app, ranging from 35 baht ($1) to 3,500 baht ($100).
Other landmarks around the world have asked to be removed as Pokestops, viewing the game as incompatible with their history or purpose. The game was removed from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington at the institution's request.
Players also disappeared from the memorial park in Hiroshima, Japan, before the solemn ceremony on Saturday that marked the anniversary of the atomic bombing that killed 140,000 people in the final days of World War II.
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