Looking Back to Penang Street Art in Historic George Town

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27 Responses

  1. Soraya says:

    I loved Georgetown, and I must admit, I was one of those Malaysians that traveled from afar just to see the street art. It really is interesting to see how street art really took off in Penang, and now so many cities around the country have copied the trend and made it their own. Street Art way back when…like you said was done by ‘hooligans’ and now its a trend and a piece of art that Malaysians and Travelers alike have been able to appreciate.

    • Teja says:

      I see from newer blog articles that the spinoff art has continued to expand. Makes me so happy for some reason. I’m going to try and stop by Valparaiso while in Chile; it’s supposed to be filled with street art.

  2. Jackie says:

    I loved this post! Learning about Penang and the Peranakan culture and history was awesome and you told the story in such a captivating way! Penang looks like the perfect place to head to with a treasure map for street art! Such beautiful pieces.

  3. Kim says:

    Wow, I didn’t know Penang had so much street art! I love randomly coming across murals and street art while exploring new cities.

  4. Jen says:

    The street art is really stunning, and you can never go wrong with a UNESCO world heritage site. Thanks for sharing!

  5. So glad I discovered your blog! I’m planning a Southeast Asia trip for January and I’m definitely saving this to my bookmarks! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Emily Hines says:

    I’ve never been to Malaysia but I do love street art. Really interesting post!

  7. Chasing street art is also my thing. I loved your pictures, especially the Owl Shop!

  8. Joanna says:

    The street art in Penang looks really fantastic and I would love to explore the streets of Georgetown one day. So colorful! I have been to Malaysia before but I didn’t make it to Penang.

  9. Sarah says:

    I loved this post! I was in Penang just last week and loved just strolling around too. Fortunately it wasn’t very busy when I was there so I was often alone with some of the street at which was pretty great. Love your photos :)

    • Teja says:

      Haha I wish I’d the presence of mind to drag, bribe, or threaten someone to come with me tho!

  10. Jason says:

    Thanks for the tips! I’m heading up this weekend so I’ll definitely check out the art and perhaps hit the beach or do some hiking.

  11. I love how they turned a water spout into a cute lil elephant <3

    • Teja says:

      When I saw all the ‘unofficial’ arts that sprang up, it was a revelation to me. I thought, hey, why should we ever suffer boring blank walls again, especially what with how lazy we are with sprucing them up… ! And just leave architectural ‘imperfections’ in place until an idea comes, because it’s all a difference in perspective isn’t it?

  12. Hannah says:

    Ugh I skipped Panang because of cost (I had a few days extra but it was much cheaper for me to spend that time in Phuket), but every time I see photos of the street art I want to kick myself. It looks like such a cool place to explore and I love murals. Plus, as you said, there are nearby beaches too! Guess I need to go back

    • Teja says:

      Yeah, inertia. I totally get that. I’m a seaside girl myself and definitely once you park me by the shoreline, it’s hard to remember why I need to leave.

  13. I’ve been to Penang, briefly, but don’t remember any of this! Looks like I need to go back =)

  14. Cherene Saradar says:

    Love this so much. I enjoyed Penang immensely and enjoyed reading the history you shared. I definitely will go back and explore more because I missed so much.

    • Teja says:

      If you do we should go together! Hopefully there will be many more art then!

  15. Danielle says:

    Wow, looks amazing. I love street art so I think this is something I’ll have to add to my bucket list! Thankyou for sharing

  16. Chiara says:

    I’ve aways been fasvinated by Malaysia, both the culture and the landscaoes make me very curious. Definitely a must do in the future :) I really love dyoyr post, it gave me a new prospective about a city that I don’t knwo very well!

    • Teja says:

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I thought I’d not do the street art honour roll since so many have done it way more photogenically, and give something extra beyond that instead.