I’ve yet to have a bad experience in Malaysia, and George Town is no exception. I came for the street art and was treated to far more than that- delicious Indian food, live music, kind locals, kind tourists, kind hostel staff (it’s just the kind of place where everyone is kind) and enough cute cafes to keep me occupied for weeks.
The main (and free!) activity is to hunt for street art and holy moly does George Town deliver. It originally became a hub of art in 2012 when Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic, was commissioned by the city to breathe life back into the place. I love that the artwork blends seamlessly into the environment by creatively using props, like a real bicycle, swing set and motorbike, that allow you to interact with the paintings.
Some art has faded and, after seeing other’s photos of pieces I didn’t come across, I wondered if I missed some artwork or if it had disappeared from the elements. Newer projects have sprouted up, like the one by Artists for Stray Animals, a group who raises awareness for street animals and shelters. They painted 12 pieces of cat art which, for reasons beyond me, they entitled “101 Lost Kittens.”
The pictures I’ve included are about half of what I found (I wasn’t lying when I said that Georgetown has street art in spades). I’ve included the general area of where they are to be found, though make sure to detour off the main street and make your way down the alleys to find the hidden gems! If I know the artist and or the piece’s name I’ve included it in the caption.
ARMENIAN ST. (aka The Big Kahuna)
LEBUH SOO HONG
LEBUH CANNON (aka Cat Heaven)
GAT LEBUH CHULIA
LEBUH AH QUEE
LORONG TOH AKA
LEBUH STEWART & LOVE LN.
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