Signs of Cambodia in the Mekong Delta

Roadside beauty salon sign

Roadside beauty salon sign

While traveling in Vietnam after my time in Cambodia I was surprised to find few painted signs remaining on the streets. However, when I reached the the Mekong Delta in the far South, the density seemed to increase all of a sudden. There were also many that had similar traits to those found in Cambodia.

This part of the country is home to a large number of ethnic Khmer who are culturally closer to Cambodia than their (now) native Vietnam. The area is referred to as ‘Kampuchea Krom’ (lower Cambodia) and it was good to speak a bit of the Khmer language again after a couple of weeks struggling with basic Vietnamese. It was also good to visit a Khmer pagoda in the area.

Khmer Pagoda in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Khmer Pagoda in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

It isn’t clear whether there is a connection between the presence of ethnic Khmer in the region and the higher proportion of painted signs. Needless to say I photographed quite a few and a small selection of these are shared here to show the similarity to those in Cambodia. Given my ongoing interest in ‘ghostsigns‘ I was also pleasantly surprised to find two pieces of Government communications painted on walls in one of the area’s big cities, Cần Thơ. One of these features Vietnam’s revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh.

Tailor sign

Tailor sign

Sugar cane juicing station

Sugar cane juicing station

Electrical goods shop fascia

Electrical goods shop fascia

Roadside body-building sign

Roadside body-building sign

Healthy living communications painted on concrete wall

Healthy living communications painted on concrete wall

Propaganda promoting national identity painted on concrete wall

Propaganda promoting national identity painted on concrete wall

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