What happens in Vietnam stays in Vietnam – Part 2

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The following is a street sign posted in a Vietnamese town by the name of Pleiku. This particular signs advises the residents of a particular sartorial etiquette, one most thankfully applied only to this particular town. And if you doubt that the town really exists in Vietnam, take a look at Google Map:

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You will see the town’s name (Pleiku) within the round shape in the upper top area in the sign below:

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So what does the sign “advise” you to do? I will re-type it here in the exact way it was written.
(1) Không mặc quần áo
(2) Hoặc mặc quần áo lót
(3) Đi ra ngoài đường phố
(4) Ở các tụ điểm sinh hoạt
Công cộng (trừ bể bơi, nơi
tập luyện thể dục thể thao)
(5) Trong thời gian từ 7h00 đến 21h00
(Trừ các trường hợp tập luyện
thể dục thể thao).

The smaller caption reads “Trích 3 điều Quy ước thực hiện nếp sống văn minh đô thị”, which can be translated as “Excerpt from 3 etiquette rules for a civilized metropolitan area”.

So… It’s from an official etiquette book, issued (by some incompetent hack) somewhere. What does it make you do anyway?

Quần áo means clothes. Mặc is to wear clothes.
(1) is không mặc quần áo do not wear clothes
(2) is hoặc mặc quần áo lót or wear underwear (clothing)

And they advise you where and when to follow the rules above:
Where?
(3) is đi ra ngoài đường phố (when) go out on the streets
(4) is ở các tụ điểm sinh hoạt công cộng at public places
trừ bể bơi, nơi tập luyện thể dục thể thao except (in) swimming pool, (at) sport and exercise places (ie. the gym, the stadium, etc)
When?
(6) trong thời gian từ 7h00 đến 21h00 from time between 7 am to 9 pm (7h00 is 7am, and 21h00 is 9pm on the 24 hour system)
trừ trường hợp tập luyện thể dục thể thao except cases (of) playing sports or exercise

Yes, you just read correctly. The first time I came across the sign, I re-read 3-4 times just to make sure I didn’t misunderstand. Do not wear clothes or wear (only) underwear when you go out on the streets or appear in public places, except when you exercise or play sports.
REALLY?????

First, a LGBT parade in Hanoi, the capital of conservatism, now a rural Vietnamese town gives nudist beach a run for its money.

Since when did Vietnam become (both forward and backward) progressive?

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What will you do to protect your virtues in the town of Pleiku, Vietnam?

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