Ganja Ganja posted March 22nd, 2009 at 10:16 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 2825 times. Answered 18 times.

This may be a question for our Vietnamese members.

I stay in the old quarter and hear loudspeakers regularly.

However, last night, mobile speakers were apparently in action asking people to go home between 12 and 1am, and then the permanent speakers started at 6.55 am and went on for some 4 hours - music - talking - music - talking, etc.

Hence, there were only some 6 hours to sleep into a Sunday morning.

Was it a special day? What is the community being informed of?

Many thanks for your enlightenment...


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virezo wrote on March 22nd, 2009 at 11:16 pm
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Oh! It's such a problem we have here.
They often turn them on in the morning or lately in the afternoon where the streets are at their most crowded hours so it's an uncomfortable mixture. People have complained about those annoying speakers many times but "they" still need them.
Every district is divided into wards (now some districts don't have ward as a new model). Every ward has its own council and councillors use speakers to announce informations such as new disease, new governmental resolutions, time to clean the streets... and sometimes music.
In some wards and districts, they have got rid of public speakers.
I think mobile speakers which you saw were on police vehicles. In that case, it was a patrol. I've never known about mobile speakers used by ward councillors.
Back to old time, those speakers were more useful. They were used to alert people to get to vaults.

grubby wrote on March 23rd, 2009 at 8:39 am

Do you mean "bomb shelters?"

virezo wrote on March 23rd, 2009 at 12:02 pm
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Elliewelliesj wrote on March 23rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm
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At least they arent playing Abba anymore - all through January and February the loudspeaker right outside my window played Abba's "Happy New Year" over and over again!

dior2k5 wrote on March 28th, 2009 at 6:42 pm
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i suppose that's the local news & announcements

TallyGirl wrote on March 31st, 2009 at 12:35 pm
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I don't know, but was walking down Quan Su between Hai Ba Trung and Trang Thi a few weeks ago and an older man in a greenish uniform sitting up against a building just picked up a microphone all of a sudden and started broadcasting. What the ? Is it something official or just a private karaoke gig?

Then some nights we hear the same little ditty being played over and over, ad nauseum. Plus the moving police car broadcasts.

Seems to be just a city thing tho'. Didn't hear anything but birds, frogs, & cicadas out in NE Vietnam on a 4 day FVH trip last week. Such peace and quiet!

Honeybee wrote on April 5th, 2009 at 1:10 am

About the mobile speakers you mentioned I think they are also from the ward council and their duty basically is to go out at midnight and ask all the restaurants/karaoke/bars, etc. to close before 1. Theoretically, no restaurant/entertainment centers are allowed to open that late. And regarding the permanent loudspeakers, or megaphones, they are in fact a must in every district but each district has its own way to use these loudspeakers. At the moment it seems to me that the loudspeakers will only "speak" when there's something new from the government's policies that the public should know or when the local authorities would like to remind something (like "it's time to have your pet vaccinated at blah blah blah on blah blah blah...). I remember being waken every Saturday morning at 6 a.m two years ago to be reminded that each family should send someone to go clean and tidy their place and the streets for a better Hanoi every Saturday morning from 6 to 6.30. And during that half an hour, one song was repeated again and again together with the "pleasant" voice of someone from the ward council to tell people to wake up and clean up....Oh the good old days....Dont know if theyre still doing it or not. They'd better not...

JenetteFish wrote on April 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Don't be fooled -- they have these in the country too. My small town in Vinh Phuc province uses them only once a day (except special holidays) for announcements, often (from what I can gather) about special events at the local university.

As I'm the only person in the town who doesn't know Vietnamese, I'm just hoping they're nothing THAT important.

Shrimp_Whiskers wrote on April 26th, 2009 at 1:42 pm
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oh yes, they have them in small towns. it's usually the only form of information dissemination. it's such crap. if they are going to rip up your village and build a highway, they'll tell you over the speakers. be careful JenetteFish, you might see everyone evacuating one day!

i personally despise the damned things. they turn the one in my 'hood up so loud on saturday mornings that i can hear the warbling woman singing the song of a dying cat through my ear plugs. arrrghhh!

HomeinHanoi wrote on April 26th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

... and as far as I can tell NOBODY listens to them...

bobthebob01 wrote on April 26th, 2009 at 4:01 pm
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where do you think the karaoke legacy is coming from?

Shrimp_Whiskers wrote on April 26th, 2009 at 7:03 pm
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from hell...exactly where the loudspeakers are from!

KandA wrote on April 26th, 2009 at 7:12 pm
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He Tally Girl don't make us more jealous about that FVH trip. We tried to postpone it 'cause we were in Aus. and we missed out. But I would like to know with the speakery thingy do LG have some sponsorship rights 'cause I swear I hear the LG advert. music sometimes in the morning to herald in the new day before the disease/weather/price of fish etc. news info. starts.

Danthetaydevil wrote on April 27th, 2009 at 11:51 am
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I guess ive been lucky i hear these speakers when riding to work but never had any near my house...Ive lived in doi can st, tay ho, 100m from hoan kiem lake and trung hoa nhanh chin area and never been woken by speakers in the last 4 years :D

Ive heard storys of people with speakers mounted on poles right outside their bedroom windows and them accidentally clipping the wires only to be dobbed in the the fuzz by an overpatriotic neighbour...

so beware

Seahorsevn wrote on April 27th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

This public radio system is criticized a lot by Hanoian on Vietnamese newspaper. In some rural areas I am working, a lot of village/ward leaders proposed upgrading/installing the radio system for effective communication programs :| (Even i told them about the critics and experience in Hanoi)

Woody2 wrote on May 18th, 2009 at 1:15 pm
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vanvy wrote on May 21st, 2009 at 9:22 am

I live in Hanoi, so I know that about history of that kind of speaker,
Over 20 years ago, when Vietnam just left war behide,almost pepople very poor,and have no any kind of media,they had to live with no electric and alitte partion of food which delived by goverment,thet not only hungry of food but also information. at that time, every house was fix one speaker like radio but control by local system,even you don't want to hear it only stop when having open policy,People can easy to get information from outside of country and developed economic but then they too busy to get local information which play roll vital for every Vietnamese,and now Speaker appeared and it only speak when people begin and finish their business in daytime,It is the time the information can get into their ears even they don't want.

loveableqc wrote on June 1st, 2009 at 1:17 pm

it's part of the parcel of living in Vietnam. Part of the culture sorry- yes historically based - has nothing to do with communication - there needs to be someone to remind us that "we won the war", something as a Vietnamese we should take pride and be reminded (twice a day) if we so happen to forget.

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