Replica hand-painted signs at Bojangles in Phnom Penh

Hand-painted replica of Cambodian sign

This is one of a collection of replica hand-painted signs on display at Bojangles bar and restaurant on Phnom Penh’s riverfront. The signs are sold as souvenirs and aim to provide income for rural signpainters. They are scaled down from the typical size of those found on the streets and are single sided. As I had recently been given four Kratie originals I didn’t buy any but I did enquire about the lovely hand-painted canvass also on display (see below).

Canvas painting showing a religious figure protecting a tree from a logger

A quick call to the owner by the waiting staff revealed that this wasn’t really for sale but that $100 would be sufficient to take it home. Even though it was my birthday I declined but I do love the spiritual anti-logging message conveyed in the picture.

The signs in the restaurant are accompanied by a short text in the drinks menu which I’ve photographed below. There are then some more examples from those available to buy. If you’re ever in Phnom Penh and fancy a more manageable hand-painted souvenir than those I’m going to try to take home then this is the place for you.

Page from menu with information about hand-painted signs in Cambodia

From the menu at Bojangles.

Hand-painted replica of Cambodian sign

Hand-painted replica of Cambodian sign

Hand-painted replica of Cambodian sign

Hand-painted replica of Cambodian sign

Hand-painted replica of Cambodian sign

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