Category: Individual Signs

Sat Lo, Hitler and Chaplin in Cambodia

Cambodian sign depicting Adolf Hitler

This painted Cambodian sign, advertising a ‘Welder of Metal’, is certainly one of the most curious I have come across so far. I first heard about it when it was advertised for sale, here on Khmer 440 Cambodian Forums. It

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On the Screens of Cambodia’s Hand-Painted Signs

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

Gordon sent me this picture that I never saw while researching the book, Hand-Painted Signs of Kratie. It is from Roka Kandal, just South of Kratie town, and reads ‘Repair Television, Tape Player, VCD’ (VCDs are Video CDs). Like Gordon

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Flying Condoms and Bambi from Alex Diment

Hand-painted Cambodian sign about sexual health

I love these public information/social campaigns captured by Alex Diment during his time working on landmine issues in North-West Cambodia. First up is a sexual health campaign from Kampong Thom province suggesting that using condoms can be as fun as

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Natural Wonders on the West Bank of the Mekong

Hand-painted sign showing various animals at a watering hole

Soon after publishing Hand-Painted Signs of Kratie I took a tour to the West bank of the Mekong river. After living for two years on the East bank, where Kratie Town is situated, it was odd that I’d never been

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Hand-Painted Cambodian Truck

Hand-Panted Battambang Truck Full

My recent viewing of the excellent Horn Please movie reminded me of this discovery in Battambang which I made just before leaving Cambodia. While the trucks of India, Bangladesh and Brazil (to name a few) are consistently decorated in vibrantly

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Signs of change in Kratie

Hand-painted shop fascia for Pal Nget photo shop

More examples today of the changing face of Kratie’s signage and, in the case of Pal Nget’s printing shop above, the loss of a hand-painted sign and the introduction of a big and bold printed update. This type of ‘organic’

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Losing hand-painted signs in Kratie

Before and after photos showing the loss of a hand-painted sign in Kratie

Change in the world of Kratie’s hand-painted signs is rapid. In most cases signs are lost when new digital printed creations replace them. This can happen ‘naturally’ or through the interference of people like me. However, in some instances, the

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Hand Painted Signs of Cambodia Flickr group

If you haven’t done so already then I’d highly recommend browsing the Flickr group, Hand Painted Signs of Cambodia. It is a real treasure trove of content, mixing the beautiful, bizarre and bemusing in one nifty package. A number of

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Before and after: Dara Music Group

Hand-painted sign advertising Dara Music Group in Kratie, Cambodia

Dara means star in Khmer and this sign for a music group had sufficient star quality to make it onto my acquisitions short list. Following the purchase of the original hand-painted sign, the business owners have taken less than a month

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Is this my favourite hand-painted sign in Cambodia?

Colourful 1970s looking hand-painted sign in Kampong Cham, Cambodia, showing off some buffon women's hair styles

This amazing sign is from Kampong Cham, the province to the South of Kratie. It’s certainly in my top three of all time, what’s not to like? It’s remarkable that such a striking piece of Cambodian sign painting is almost

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Phnom Penh ghostsign

The most common painted signs in Cambodia are those found on signboards. Examples on walls are almost non-existent. However, there is this large scale ghostsign discovered by Sebastien Ardouin of the Painted Signs and Mosaics blog. It looks very old but Sebastien

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