Pyongyang: Pokemon Go fans believe some of the game’s most sought-after monsters are hiding in North Korea. The hit phone app is playable in Kim Jong-un’s hermit state because it is covered by Google Maps, which provides the real-world locations for hunting digital creatures.
Some enthusiasts reckon the rare Mewtwo can be found in a secret nuclear bunker, while a legendary Pokemon is lurking in Kim’s palace. However, citizens would struggle to play without being arrested as they are only allowed to use restricted state-controlled mobile phones. Yet thousands of games-mad neighbours in South Korea are taking ¬advantage by flocking to the border town of Sokcho.
The app won’t usually work in the South as leaders block map data due to the country still being technically at war with the North. But a loophole means Sokcho – now known as “Pokemon Go holy town” – is outside the grid.
One Pokemon tourist wrote: “All I did was walk around to play a game… I’m more ¬satisfied with this than any other trip.”