Playing Pokemon Go while visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Camboida will earn you a swift exit

By Stephany Nunneley
10 August 2016 21:25 GMT

If you plan to visit Cambodia in the near future, or live there, don’t go looking for Pokemon at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh. It won’t be appreciated, and you’ll be asked to leave.


According to the museum’s director, Chhay Visoth, those visiting the former Khmer Rouge torture center and prison will be ousted if caught playing Pokemon Go.

“We have guards on standby, any tourists holding iPhones or iPads and playing this game will be asked to leave,” Visoth told Reuters. “This is a place of sorrow, not a place to play games.”

The game has also been banned in the precincts near the memorial, which include a number of sites known as the “Killing Fields” where over a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime.

Pokemon Go was made available in Cambodia last Saturday, along with Thailand which also announced plans to place the Royal Palace grounds, hospitals and Buddhist temples off limits to users.

Developer Niantic Labs recently removed Pokestops, gyms and Pokemon from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan.

The removals were made at the request of both institutions, and we’re likely to see more removals as Niantic goes down the list.

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