Kpop stars eager to be Pokemon trainers
SOUTH KOREA — The release of mobile app game “Pokemon Go” has the world in a frenzy over being a Pokemon trainer, and Korean celebrities are no exception.
Among them are K-pop band EXO’s Chan-yeol and K-pop group After School’s Lizzy, who showed their enthusiasm for the game on their Instagram accounts.
Chan-yeol uploaded a video featuring the Pokemon character Pikachu on his personal Instagram account on Wednesday. He also expressed hope that the game would be eventually released in South Korea.
제발 서울에 나타나 주세요🙏🏻 속초행 티켓 매진설🔥 #파이리 한번 나오고 사람 간보네😭😭😭🔥 #포켓몬스터#리지#Lizzy#피카츄라이츄파이리꼬부기버터풀야도란피죤투또가스서로생긴모습은달라도우리는모두친구#삐까삐까#pikapika#포켓몬go#PokemonGo A video posted by 리지💕 (@luvlyzzy) on Jul 13, 2016 at 6:19am PDT
Likewise, Lizzy uploaded on Instagram a video of herself on Wednesday. It showed her scuttling around to find a Pokemon character and she too hoped the game would be accessible here soon.
“Pokemon Go” has not been officially released here. However, it is available in Sokcho in Gangwon-do Province and Ulleungdo Island because the map function used in the game apparently classifies those areas as being part of North Korea.
Koreans have reportedly been flocking to these locations so they can play the game, causing bus and train tickets to those areas to sell out.
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