“Pokemon Go” May Be Able to Be Played in Busan Soon

Pokemon Go, the super popular 3D reality game for smartphones, may be able to be played in parts Busan soon.

The game, which was released in the US and New Zealand on July 6th, was apparently not going to be in South Korea, however players found a loophole to enjoy it. However, when the game is released in Japan, Busan may get certain sections of the city where it can be played.

As Korea doesn’t allow Google Maps in certain areas of the country for security reasons, the games founder Niantic had previously made a map of North and South Korea for its 2013 game “Ingress”.

Because of that, a small loophole became apparent by users — Sokcho, in Gangwon Province, was classified as North Korea, so the game is possible to play in that part of the country.

Buses to Sokcho have since sold out until the weekend, leaving locals stranded and a large flood of people driving to the city to try and play. City officials are also seeing the benefits of the sudden tourist boom and are posting maps of Wi-Fi areas around town.

Busan may also benefit because of the loophole — according to a Facebook post, Busan has a pocket area of the map which is included in Japan because of Tsushima, or Daemado as it is known in Korea. So when the game hits Japan, players should be able to play in certain areas of the city which you can see in the map below.

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game — it mixes real-world elements with the game for smartphones.

Image: Busan City Facebook
Image: Busan City Facebook

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