Cut off: The last telephone booths in Hanoi

Cut off: The last telephone booths in Hanoi


Telephone booths first appeared in Hanoi in the late 1990s. By 2003, the city was home to around 11,000 booths.


Cut off: The last telephone booths in Hanoi


With the invasion of mobile phones, telephone booths were soon forgotten. In December 2012, public phone services were officially terminated across the country, and booths were dismantled.


Cut off: The last telephone booths in Hanoi


There are only five phone boxes left in Hanoi, located in Thanh Xuan District. All of them are out of order.


Cut off: The last telephone booths in Hanoi


No operation, no maintainance. The phone boxes have been left to rust. 


Cut off: The last telephone booths in Hanoi


A handset covered in dust.


Cut off: The last telephone booths in Hanoi


For many Hanoians, the blue phone boxes are now just a memory.



Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh


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