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Sighting of rare Pokemon prompts stampede at a park in Taipei – Aug 24, 2016

Taipei’s Beitou Park has become a popular spot for players of the smartphone game Pokemon Go after news surfaced that rare monsters often appear there.

In the past, the park was extremely quiet at night, but it is now crowded with people searching for Pokemon, especially after dark.

According to local media reports, the players were rushing to catch a Snorlax after hearing news the ultra-rare Pokemon had spawned near Beitou Park.

A Snorlax.
A Snorlax.

According to police statistics, a total of 459 traffic tickets were issued at the park between Aug. 11 and 21, most of which were for illegal parking.

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Following its introduction in Taiwan on Aug. 6, various government authorities have issued warnings about road safety and traffic regulations and have highlighted the fines that Pokemon players risk if they disregard the regulations.

Taiwan is the third Asian market in which the game has been launched, following Japan and Hong Kong, since its release on July 6 in the United States.