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Jakarta administration wants to turn City Hall into Pokémon Go gym

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, July 15, 2016  /  06:06 pm
Jakarta administration wants to turn City Hall into Pokémon Go gym

Many tourism operators have expressed an interest in promoting their establishment through Pokémon Go to attract more visitors. (shutterstock.com/amirraizat)

Pokémon Go addicts will soon be able to hunt the cute creatures in Jakarta’s popular tourist areas as the city administration has revealed plans to collaborate with Google to create important game features around City Hall and other touristy spots.

Jakarta Smart City unit head Setiaji said that the collaboration aimed to encourage Jakartans to explore City Hall and other places in the capital where they had never been or rarely visited.

“The app is also under Google, right? We already have a close relationship with Google and plan to engage them in a partnership,” Setiaji told kompas.com on Friday.

(Read also: Read these five tips before you play Pokémon Go)

Pokémon Go players hunting Pokémon at the National Monument in Central Jakarta.(Kompas.com/Sri Anindiati Nursastri)

By turning City Hall into a digital gym, a place to battle Pokémon in the game, the city administration aims to encourage residents to visit the place more often.

Jakarta Smart City has previously made an informal agreement with Google and it plans to have another meeting to discuss the plan next week. Setiaji added that he would also like to organize a meeting with Nintendo and Pokemon Go's developer, Niantic Labs.

Many tourism operators have expressed an interest in promoting their establishment through Pokémon Go to attract more visitors. One of them is the National Museum in Central Jakarta, which has invited players to catch Pokémon there. In the newly viral game, players catch different Pokémon by going to certain real-world locations using their smartphone GPS and camera. The game is available for free on both Android and iOS devices in US, Australia, Britain, New Zealand and Germany, and is officially coming soon to countries in Europe and Asia, including Indonesia. (kes)

 

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