Daily Life in Cambodia

Advertising and Traffic Signs

12 March 2012

Just as noise, loud noise, is appreciated and necessary for Cambodia people to feel they are enjoying an event, so the visual sphere explodes with all kinds of signs. Big, bold, colorful signs probably add something to daily life like the loud music does. Given that principle, there is no place safe from the flashy signs of Phnom Penh. Even the official signs for directing direct are embellished with large signs. And sometimes, as in the last two photos below, the signs are the reason for their own existence and there are no traffic signs to justify the placement of the advertising. Notice that the telephone companies compete for these advertising spaces.

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