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Ho Chi Minh City youths raise frying pans in PlayerUnknown's Battleground simulation

Monday, September 18, 2017, 16:15 GMT+7

Hundreds of youngsters in Ho Chi Minh City gathered at a popular walking street on Sunday, each carrying a frying pan, to perform a variety of playful yet unusual activities believed to be a PlayerUnknown's Battleground facsimile, invoking curiosity from the public.

The crowd assembled at the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Disitrict 1 the early evening before participating in a series of activities requiring one specific piece of equipment, a frying pan.

N.V.A., a twelfth-grade student from neighboring Binh Duong Province, said he caught a bus to downtown Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon and waited for the rest of the group.

“It was just for fun. There was no actual meaning behind the activities. What’s important was that we were part of a unique event,” A. elaborated.

A large group of young people pose with their frying pans.
A large group of young people pose with their frying pans.

Meanwhile, Chau Tai Phu, a high school student in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, said he was afraid that local officers would try to stop the activity.

“But after all, there was no mischief. We were just enjoying ourselves,” Phu continued.

Nguyen Tan Tuan, a student from a local university, said that it did not seem weird but was rather interesting as many people took part in the event.

“I just try to do all sort of things when I’m still young so that I won’t have any regret later on,” Tuan remarked.

Ho Chi Minh City youths pose playfully with their pans.
Ho Chi Minh City youths pose playfully with their pans.

Local residents and visitors were attracted to the strange event, of whom many took photos as memories while some others decided to join the fun.

It is widely believed that the event was a replica of PlayerUnknown's Battleground, a multiplayer online video game developed and published by South Korea’s Bluehole Company, in which up to one hundred players fight in a last man standing scenario.

The frying pan is one of the ‘melee’ weapons in the game and can also be used to deflect bullets.

However, several witnesses did not support the activity and considered it a pointless trend.

“I can’t seem to understand what they want to achieve by performing a number of strange behaviors,” Kieu Trinh, a university student said.

Curious witnesses take photos of the group of pan-equipped youths.
Curious witnesses take photos of the group of pan-equipped youths.

Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters later discovered that the gathering was the result of an event on Facebook named ‘Carrying frying pans along Nguyen Hue Walking Street.’

The Facebook event got the attention of over 14,000 users, of which about 2,400 signed up for the fun.

The event lasted until 7:30 pm without the interference of local managers of the walking street.

Participant runs along the walking street with his frying pans.
Participants run along the walking street with frying pans.
They cheer with the frying pans as part of multiple activities.
They cheer with the frying pans as part of multiple activities.
A boy performs a unique pose with his pan on the ground.
A boy performs a unique pose with his pan on the ground.
“Let’s take a group shot with our frying pans!”
“Let’s take a group shot with our frying pans!”
Young people partake in the fun.
Young people partake in the fun.
A foreign visitor joins the activities.
A foreign visitor joins the activities.
A foreign visitor joins the activities.
A foreign visitor joins the activities.

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