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In photos: Pokémon GO craze in Vietnam

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 12:03 GMT+7

Just like anywhere in the world where Pokémon GO is available, the phenomenon mobile game has sent young Vietnamese players out to the street to hunt for the virtual monsters, no matter whether it is at noon or midnight, since the craze arrival last week.

With the augmented reality game requiring and encouraging “trainers” to go outside and travel as much as possible to ‘catch ‘em all’, it is now easy to spot ‘armies’ of people walking around with their eyes stuck into the phone screens, looking for the monsters across Vietnam.

Hoang Tri Cong said he had a long-time love with Pokémon comic since he was young, while Vu Hanh Dung hailed Pokémon GO as a new attractive game, even though it does pose risks of accident and robbery.

Dung added the game, launched in Vietnam on August 6, has distracted people from their work because they are busy with the small red-and-white ball, or Poké Ball.

Below are some photos of the Pokémon GO craze in Vietnam taken by Tuoi Tre (Youth) Newspaper:

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Two drivers pull over to play Pokemon GO on Hanoi street.

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Playing and driving? Not a big deal!

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A group of white-collar workers gather at a park to play Pokémon GO.

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Many young players pull over at a park and play before continuing driving.

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There are just you and me in this world, little monsters.

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In Ho Chi Minh City, Tao Dan Park in District 1 is the most crowded Pokémon GO’s monsters.

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Stay tuned! We almost catch it!

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Sit, stand, walk, whatever you like.

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These young players really get their heads in the game.

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Catch ‘em all!

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