Penang (pronounced as ‘Pinang’) is a beautiful island located in the northwest coast of Malaysia. It is a place with lovely atmosphere, which offers you an inner peace and serenity.
Apart from being famous for the colonial architecture, temples, hills, jetty and seashores — there’s something unique about Penang, and that is it’s street art (people also call it a living museum!).
George Town, which is a UNESCO world heritage city and also Malaysia’s second largest city — amazes you with the variety of street art (they call it ‘murals’) as you walk along the streets. Murals are not only paintings, it’s a form of 3D art! Each of them is a reflection of history, people, culture and lifestyle of Penang.
We did a small treasure hunt of finding out murals which lasted for around 2.5 hours. Thankfully, weather was on our side — we neither faced sun nor had heavy rains and so, we could take the full advantage of the walk!
We set up a challenge among our team to click the craziest pictures with the murals and this is what we landed with — read below (Don’t miss ‘THE’ photo of our tour at the end of this blog!).
Most of the murals you will see below are by the famous Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic, who was commissioned in 2012 by the Penang Municipal Council to create the murals in different parts of the old town.
Some tips for the first time travellers to Penang:
- Choose your stay in George town to get the ‘local’ feel of Penang. We stayed at Royale Chulan Penang, it’s a decent hotel.
- Try out the tuk tuk ride while you’re roaming in the city.
- Keep Google Maps handy while you’re hunting for murals.
- Penang is known as the ‘food capital’ of Malaysia, so keep all your dieting aside when you’re there. There are ample street food markets around (for eg, Macallum Street Night Market). Some of the places we really loved visiting are Mews Cafe, Lagenda cafe & Kopi Loewak.
I hope you enjoyed reading my blog! To my knowledge, these murals are still less than half the number of total murals in Penang so I have one more pending trip to Penang to finish my hunt. I shall plan one soon. Stay tuned for the ‘Mural hunt part-2’. haha!