Penang Street Arts: Let the Hunt Begin!


Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia – Easily one of the finest places we’ve been to. It’s small, but it’s filled with attractions. Every corner of every street, there’s something to see or to do. It’s in a somewhat isolated island, but it’s rich with history. Almost every land you step on has its story. And among the things that define its cultural personality, are its very appealing murals!

Penang Street Art: Children on Swing
Penang Street Art: Children on Swing

After 6++ hours of bus ride, we arrived at our hotel. We rested for a bit and then decided to begin our stroll on Georgetown. If you are into long walks, then walking around the area would be no problem for you. But we aren’t so we rented a scooter to go around.

The first stop in our itinerary are the Jetties. From there we saw the first Street Art, Grandma & Grandson. This painting is really cute and portrays the closeness of the families here in Penang, particularly the Jetties. We also think it’s an image of the people here in George Town, kind faces and always like to laugh. This was personified by our tour guide (going to the Kek Lok Si Temple) who is fun and full of stories. We only saw this one street art on our first day since it’s getting dark and then we decided to go back to the hotel.

Penang Street Art: Grandma & Grandson
Penang Street Art: Grandma & Grandson

After a goodnight’s rest, we continued our hunt while we’re also sightseeing. Our DIY plan was to go for those murals that are outside Armenian street . We searched for The Trishaw Man, which might be the most memorable street art, first, because it’s so huge. It’s on a side of a building and we weren’t expecting it to be that enormous. Secondly, because it’s an artwork depicting the hardworking elderly men of Penang pedaling everyday even on a scalding weather. You can’t help but have such high respect to them when you see them in action.

Penang Street Art: Trishaw Man
Penang Street Art: Trishaw Man
Penang Street Art: Trishaw Man
Penang Street Art: Trishaw Man

At the entrance of Pinaon Time Tunnel is the painting of Captain Francis Light. Captain Light played a significant role in shaping Penang’s history. He was the founder of Georgetown and we thought it’s only fitting that an artwork dedicated to him was placed here where Penang’s history is commemorated.

Penang Street Art: Captain Francis Light
Penang Street Art: Captain Francis Light
Penang Street Art: Captain Francis Light  and Rapy
Penang Street Art: Captain Francis Light and Rapy

The next day we decided to return the scooter and instead, rented a bike. This will be our last day in Penang so we had to get up early in order to complete our street art hunt. The remaining murals are only a block or two away from each other starting in Armenian street, so biking is no biggie. From Armenian, to Chulia, to Victoria – we continued to see the works of Ernest Zacharevic, the guy who is said to be responsible for Penang’s street art fame.

Penang Street Art: Boy on a bike
Penang Street Art: Boy on a bike

Along the way we also encountered a lot of iron cast 3D-like figures of Marking George Town that looks very cute and tells hilarious stories of the city or the street where it is located.

Street Art hunt is definitely one of the most interesting activities you can do in your stay here in Georgetown. It’s entertaining and amusing, and it enriches your knowledge on this lovely place. Remember to add this on your Penang to-do list and you will not regret it. Just be ready to be exposed under the sun and for long queues when taking photos on some of these famous street arts. 🙂

Check below map for complete list of Street Arts and their locations or download from Visit Penang site.

For more  street arts by Ernest Zacharevic check out his Facebook Profile : ErnestZachas

6 Replies to “Penang Street Arts: Let the Hunt Begin!”

  1. Whoa, you covered most of it guys! when I was there last year and last CNY, I haven’t finish visiting them all. Maybe I’m just too lazy.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s