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    Aug 18, 2016

    Pokemon Go fans climb Japanese Garden gate

    NO POKESTOPS in Singapore could be more aptly placed than those in the Japanese Garden, as Pokemon Go, the mobile app game that has taken the world by storm, has a Japanese aura.

    The garden, located on a man-made island in Jurong Lake, used to be a very quiet place at night.

    But now it is abuzz with people every day

    after dusk, as Pokemon Go players would gather

    at its gates, intent on capturing the virtual

    Pokemon species spotted "lurking" inside it, reported Lianhe Wanbao.

    The augmented reality map on their mobile devices has pointed them to the wild Pokemon there, which might be residing near its pond,

    behind its stone lanterns or on its arched bridges.

    But there is a snag: The garden is closed

    daily from 7pm to 5.30am.

    The more determined souls, however, refused

    to budge, the Chinese evening daily observed

    on Tuesday night.

    Some clambered over the steel gate which barred them from crossing the bridge that links

    the Japanese Garden with the adjoining

    Chinese Garden.

    They had been on the trail of their games in the Chinese Garden, which opens until 11pm daily, before they came to the gate.

    Others would find other ways to bypass the gate, Wanbao noted.

    The reporter heard from time to time

    excited screams from inside the garden,

    saying: "There's one here."

    While the intruders were busy hunting around, the garden's security guards were also hard

    at work, driving their patrol buggies around

    to chase them out.

    Now and then, some players were seen

    being escorted to the gate and expelled.

    Places of interest are the most common "habitats" of wild Pokemon but the app has

    been criticised in many countries for including

    sites such as cemeteries and memorials.

    The first arrests in Singapore related to the

    game took place on Sunday at the carpark

    entrance of Plaza Singapura in Orchard Road

    after a pedestrian playing Pokemon Go

    exchanged blows with a driver.

    Wanbao also noted that Pokemon Go players

    no longer congregated at a playground

    below Block 401 of Hougang Avenue 10,

    a crowded Pokestop for nights.

    Those who came on Tuesday night gathered

    at an open-air carpark just a stone's throw away.

    But when some players refused to shift away from parking spaces for residents who could not find an unoccupied lot, the police were called

    to the scene.