Red Brick Daily

The cover image shows a KHH City employee holding a sign reminding those involved in a religious procession that excessive noise can lead to fines.

Despite the city praising its effects to quiet the city and reduce the seemingly constant sounds of horns, gongs, firecrackers and other “religious ceremony-related” noise, those living in the city complain the efforts are falling short.

Speaking on condition on anonymity, a city worker told the Red Brick Daily that the gov’t has to be very careful not to appear to be infringing on religious rights. “What about out rights as people who live in the city?” we asked.

The official admitted it’s a problem and directed us to a press release explaining the KHH gov’t position.

Since new rules went into effect earlier this year, noise complaints from the public –mostly by dialing the city service hotline 1999 — have dropped 42%, the city claims.

Fines totaling over NT$1.7 million have been slapped on offenders and police now monitor religious processions to ensure noise levels are acceptable and check that the relevant group has received a mandatory permit for the procession.

But anyone living in any downtown area of KHH will likely tell you they haven’t noticed a big drop in what might be termed “temple noise” — let alone any serious reduction in the amount of “hell money” openly burned in huge cauldrons across the city basically all the time.

Do you think KHH is really changing? Or are these stats from the gov’t just smokescreens?

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(Photo via the Kaohsiung City Government)