Amusing Signs in Asia

Just a warning that the last photo in this post is Not Safe For Work. It is funny, but should not be viewed at work. There are two photos from Vietnam before the photo you shouldn’t view at work.(You’ll get another warning.)

While traveling I always look for things that make me laugh, even a little bit. Store names and warning signs usually provide the most amusement. In China it was because most of these signs weren’t translated properly and turned into Chinglish nonsense.

no-pointing
I can identify 3 out of 4 of these. Am I not supposed to point? Not supposed to have bandaged fingers?

The situation is a little different in places like Taiwan and Korea. I found English to be widely spoken in Taiwan (at least in Taipei), which led to intentionally funny names of stores or products. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get many clear photos of the amusing English in Taipei, except for the GOD massage parlor in my neighborhood.

I haven't tried this bar yet. I'm not sure what to expect
I haven’t tried this bar yet. I’m not sure what to expect

While English isn’t as widely spoken in Korea, most of the entertaining English used here is intentionally amusing. In some cases it’s the placement of two signs for different businesses that make Seoul so amusing.

I'm not sure what's going on here, but it's all over Gangnam district (did Psy approve it?)
I’m not sure what’s going on here, but it’s all over Gangnam district (did Psy approve it?)

I haven’t found too many amusing signs in my neighborhood as there are very few in English. Most of what I’ve found are in touristy or expat areas like Hongdae and Itaewon.

These were two separate businesses that worked quite well together
These were two separate businesses that worked quite well together

Vietnam had its fair share of amusing signs. Some were Vietnamese words that look like something amusing in English.

Must be some amazing art
Must be some amazing art

Even some restaurants were unintentionally funny.

Not what I would expect to find in a communist country.
Not what I would expect to find in a communist country.

Warning: The following photo from near Taipei Main Station is NOT SAFE FOR WORK. You have been warned.

Classiest dessert in Taipei
Classiest dessert in Taipei

What are some memorable signs you’ve found on your travels?

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