Friday, 21 July 2017

Shiva Leather & Jeans Tailors, Kathmandu

Did adopting the name of one of the major deities of Hinduism bring good fortune to this business?

Leather & Jeans Tailors
Ladies & Jents
Manufacturers Whole Seller & Repairing

Location: Guan Kamdev Marg, Kathmandu

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Pashupati Paints, Kathmandu

Established in 1984, Pashupati Paints is now one of Nepal's leading brands of paint. Its advertisements can be seen everywhere across the country. The name was probably chosen for its good omen and because Nepalese people were already very familiar with the name: indeed Pashupati is one of the multiple names of the great God Shiva and the temple of Pashupatinath, just to the east of Kathmandu city centre, is one of the country's most sacred sites.

Pashupati Paint

Locatnion: Guna Kamdev Marg, Kathmandu

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Ambe Cement, Kathmandu

The Ambe Group was founded in 1982 as a trading house importing into Nepal various goods from Hong Kong and Singapore. As the group expanded, it diversified its portfolio and in 2004 established Ambe Cement Pvt. Ltd.

अम्बे सिमेन्ट
[Ambe Cement]

Location: Pachali Marg, Kathmandu

HP Engine Oils, Kathmandu

The walls of this small petrol station near Teku Bridge, south of Kathmandu city centre, advertise two types of lubricants produced by Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd.: HP Engine Oils and Milcy Turbo. HPCL is an Indian state-owned company created in 1974.

Location: Kalimati Marg, Kathmandu

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Volvo Lubricants, Kathmandu

Together with building materials, lubricants are some of the most frequent painted signs seen along Nepalese roads. This one, for Volvo Lubricants can be found near a major thoroughfare south of the city centre.

Volvo       Volvo

Location: Guna Kamdev Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal

Monday, 17 July 2017

Surya Agro, Kathmandu

If I am not mistaken, these painted signs show two bags of rice produced by Indian food and agricultural equipment company Surya Agro. The company was founded in 1992.

Location: Guna Kamdev Marg, Kathmandu

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Coca Cola, Kathmandu

This sign for one of the world's most popular (and utterly disgusting - for me anyway) sodas was painted above what looks like the niche of a shrine. If that is the case, this is a sad reflection of the world we're living in.


Location: Chikamugal, Kathmandu

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Charms Beauty Parlour, Kathmandu

It is not uncommon for hairdressers for women in Nepal to call themselves beauty parlours. Hence their rather large number.

Only for
Beauty Parlour
Remember Us for:
Hair Cutting, Make-up Facial,
Massage, Wax and Juro
(Specially for Bride)

In case, like me, you don't know anything about hairdos, "juro" seems to be some kind of high bun hairstyle particularly popular amongst long-haired brides across the Indian subcontinent (but don't take my word for it).

Location: Chikamugal, Kathmandu

Friday, 14 July 2017

Coast Instant Full Cream Milk Powder, Kathmandu

Roller shutters are a great place where to advertise all sorts of products. In this case, it is for the Coast brand of powder milk, which belongs to the Dutch dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina (previously Holland Canned Milk International B.V).
Even though several brands of cow milk are available in Nepal, in a country with a large proportion of Hinduists, I wonder how successful they can be?

Full Cream Milk Powder

A typical Dutch country scene with green pastures, cottages and, of course, a windmill!

Location: Siddhidas Marg, Kathmandu

Thursday, 13 July 2017

LG Household & Health Care, Kathmandu

This large painted sign advertises various products manufactured by LG Household & Health Care, a subsidiary of the Korean conglomerate LG Corp. LG Household & Health Care spun off from LG Chemical in 2001 but I could not find when their products became available in Nepal.

Now in Nepal

The shampoo bottle on the left is "For Normal Hair" and promises "Silk Treatment" while the one on the right, with its "Anti-Sactenal System" is for "Dandruff, Scalp and Hair."

Advanced Cavity Fighting Fluoride Toothpaste 

Hot and Cold Wash
LG Household & Health Care Ltd. Korea
Products Available at all Leading Stores
For Trade Enquiries...

Location: Siddhidas Marg, Kathmandu

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

San Miguel Beer and Guinness, Kathmandu

Two large painted signs for San Miguel and Guinness dominate Bhedasing, corner of Yogbir Singh Marg and Chandraman Singh Marg. They date probaly from the very late 1980s or early 1990s. However it is possible the sign for San Miguel was repainted at some point as it looks much fresher than the Guinness one.

Since 1890
San Miguel

The World's
Number One Stout

Location: Bhedasing, Kathmandu

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Mystery sign, Kathmandu

Mysterious sign by the entrance of a narrow passageway leading to a courtyard.

Location: Kathmandu

Monday, 10 July 2017

Jay Bhairabi Jewellers, Kathmandu

Two colourful shop fronts brighten up the otherwise dark street.

Jay Bhairabi Jewellers

Location: Kathmandu

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Stringing Specialist, Kathmandu

Two shops with painted signs next to one another. I've got no idea what the one on the left offers. However I could easily have used the services of the second one years ago, when I used to play badminton and broke the strings of my racket on a few occasions.

Stringing Specialist
Lawn Tennis, Squash
& Badminton

Location: Kathmandu

Saturday, 8 July 2017

D. S. R. Gold Shop, Kathmandu

With its attractive combination of colours and nice lettering, it is hard not to notice this painted sign.

D. S. R. Gold Shop

Location: Kathmandu

Friday, 7 July 2017

B. K. Leather & Jeans Tailors, Kathmandu

I am not sure the leather jackets hanging on the wall do much to attract potential customers.

B. K.
& Jeans

Location: Kathmandu

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Photocopy, Kathmandu

Both good and bad signwriting cohabit side by side on the façade of this small business in central Kathmandu.


Location: Kathmandu

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Dental Lab, Kathmandu

Dental Lab

Location: Bangemudha, Kathmandu

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Private tuitions, Kathmandu

With many government schools performing poorly due to lack of funding and skilled teachers, families who can afford it often send their children to private institutions. But in the private sector as well, quality varies greatly between schools.

School / Campus Tuitions
Private / Regular Test-SLC

SLC stands for School Leaving Certificate, the final exam in Nepal's secondary school system.

Location: Bangemudha, Kathmandu

Monday, 3 July 2017

Star Dental Lab, Kathmandu

After one week in China, this blog goes back to Nepal for a new series of colourful painted signs, starting with these examples promoting the Star Dental Lab. This one of many dental professionals operating near the shrine to Vaisha Dev at Bangemudha (see this post for more details)

Location: Bangemudha, Kathmandu

Sunday, 2 July 2017

China Telecom, Xizhou, China

This relatively new (in Aug. 2016) painted sign promotes China Telecom's 4G+ LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network. I'm afraid my translation of parts of this sign is a bit hazardous.

天翼 ["Tiān yì" litt. "Sky Wings"]
分享无限 [Unlimited Sharing]

[The Optical Network Engineering Project Benefit People of All Provinces
China Telecom Construction]

云南省发展和改革委员会       中国电信云南公司
[HDTV for Everyone
Fiber Optic Broadband for All Households
Mobile Phone Network for Everybody
Yunnan Provincial Development and Reform Committee       China Telecom Yunnan Branch]

[China Telecom
Connecting the World*]

* This is China Telecom's official motto in English. The literal translation is "The World is Within Reach."

Location: Xizhou, Yunnan, China

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Politics and tourism, Xizhou, China

Two signs await the visitor in a narrow street behind Xizhou Market Square. The first one, partly written with plastic letters stuck to the wall, partly painted, is of a political nature while the second one celebrates part of the town's history.

[Work Together for Common Prosperity and Development.
Strong and Innovative Social Management Builds a Peaceful and Harmonious Xizhou]

This is typical Chinese authorities parlance.

[Major Historical and Cultural Site Protected at the National Level]

The site in question is the Yan Family Compound, the original residence of wealthy merchant Yan Zizhen (1871-1941). This beautiful example of early 20th century Bai architecture has now been transformed into a museum well worth a visit.
Apart from the aforementioned line, this sign -a brief description of the building- reads vertically from left to right. "Yan Family Compound" is written in the first column in  red: 严家大院.
It has been painted at the back of the property. The main entrance is on the Market Square.

Location: Xizhou, Yunnan, China