Saturday, April 14, 2007

Nuisance in Our Parks

Not only does the Superintendent of Suan Luang park not inspect the park to verify that noise levels are moderated, he tours the park to ensure that sound, i.e. noise levels, are high in every location. On April 13th during a visit to the park Quiet Bangkokian went to the sound control room of the park to query the increased noise levels and to request some peace from the loudspeaker network which now covers every 20 metres. The kindly official did indeed lower the nuisance level to a more tolerable level. However, the park management is completely oblivious of the concept that parks provide a natural environment that allows some opportunity of escape from urban noise and the opportunity to relax in the sounds and sights of nature.
Most countries have laws protecting park environments, limiting noise levels to maxima between 55 to 60 decibels, often with provision for further limitation in mornings and evenings.
Noise at the entrance to Suan Luang park exceeds these levels by a factor of 400 Noise within the park exceeds these levels by a factor of 10


Anonymous GuavaJuice said...

Hi, so happy that I found your blog. It feels nice to see that I am not the only one who want some peace and quiet here in Bangkok.

Me and my family are living next to Central Park Rama 2, and our house are falling apart from the noice the create over there almost every week.

We are now starting a war against them.

I want to thank you for your work here. I will now sit down and read everything you have here.

Good luck in the war against noice. I am on your side.

12:10:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I often visit Santhipap park in Soi Rang Naam Victory Monument. They play adverts constantly from 3pm onwards.

Surely it's obvious to people that someone is receiving a bribe for playing these adverts over the loud speakers?

Usually, it's one song per hour and the rest is just advert and advert of Thai commercials selling everything from soap powder to credit card applications.

12:35:00 am  

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