Poke­mon banned from Mdy pagoda

The Myanmar Times - - News - THAN NAING SOE thannaing­soe@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Khant Lin Oo

POKE­MON, go. Play­ers are no longer wel­come at Aung Taw Mu Pagoda. The board of trustees has banned them from the pagoda in Chan Aye Thar San town­ship, Man­dalay.

“We’ve asked them not to dis­turb pil­grims, and to give them pri­or­ity. I’m sure they un­der­stand,” said the board’s chair, U Win Myint, on Au­gust 16.

In a state­ment ap­par­ently in­tended to con­vey some mean­ing to non-ini­ti­ates, dis­ap­pointed play­ers said there were three Pokestops in the pagoda grounds, mak­ing it easy to get Poke­balls be­cause there were so many mon­sters. “The pagoda is a re­ally safe place to play,” said gamer Ko Zay Marn Oo.

“The pagoda closes at 9:30pm. Then they have to go out­side and play. Some of them go on un­til 10:30pm,” said U Win Myint.

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