Pokemon Go popped off when it was launched back in 2016 and it still has a solid fanbase with more than eight million active daily users. While most players seem to be respectful when it comes to the places they visit, some will do whatever it takes to get those potions from the Pokestops.
The ‘publicnoticesg’ Instagram account, known for posting pictures of notices put up in public spaces in Singapore, recently posted about a notice put up by The Japanese Association in the Japanese Cemetery Park located at Hougang, Singapore. The notice urged Pokemon Go players to “please respect” those who rest in peace and “do not enter the ground for Pokemon Go.” At the top of the notice is a big, red circle and cross with the message “No! Pokemon Go”.
To give you some context regarding the Japanese Cemetery Park, it’s a 29,359 square metre park containing 910 tombstones of Japanese people in Singapore, including civilians, soldiers and even convicted war criminals executed in Changi Prison. It was established as a cemetery in 1891, but was turned into a memorial park in 1987.
Whether or not it’s appropriate to have a Pokestop at a cemetery is debatable, since some would argue that it could bring more people over to learn about the history, but players should really stop coming to the park, as they nicely put up a notice.
Do Ghost Pokemon spawn at cemeteries?
You might think that cemeteries are a great place to catch Ghost Pokemon, but that’s not true. Ghost Pokemon often only spawn at nighttime, and their locations do not have an influence on the spawn rates. However, other types are indeed affected by external factors. For example, Ground, Rock, Fire, and Fighting-type spawn rates have a correlation with the climate, and Water-type Pokemon often spawn near water. This information is known as The Silph Road data science team performed an analysis from over 15,000 reports.
Ever since the game’s launch, Niantic (the company behind Pokemon Go), has understandably removed Pokestops from landmarks such as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park as well as the Holocaust Memorial Museum. We don’t know if the representatives at the Japanese Cemetery Park reported the Pokestop for removal, but they could do that by submitting a removal form on this website.