[LETTERS to the editor]Silence the loudspeakers

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[LETTERS to the editor]Silence the loudspeakers

After the 2002 World Cup, a survey of international visitors to Korea revealed that one of their biggest complaints about Korea was the incessant noise.
This fact came as no surprise to people like me who have lived in Korea for years. Some of the most egregious offenders in this regard are certainly the street vendors who use loudspeakers to sell their products.
I once heard one on a Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. Once during the afternoon, I heard three of them in my neighborhood, all using loudspeakers at the same time. I feel sorry for anyone who has to work at night and try to sleep during the day. Isn’t there a law against making so much noise in public? Is so, what would the police do if I called to report one of these street vendors?
The Seoul government has stated that it wants to make Seoul more livable for foreigners. I suggest that getting rid of the indiscriminate use of loudspeakers in public is a good place to start.


by Neal D. Williams

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