Penang Street Art

If you are have not visited Penang Street Art before, plan to take half a day walk around the city of Georgetown and enjoy the many murals and wrought iron caricatures. The work of art can be seen at the major historical roads of Georgetown covering the "Core Zone" and "Buffer Zone". These zones are designated as such and are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Penang Street Art - Marking Georgetown

The "Marking Georgetown" initiative was started by the State Government of Penang to explore the ideas in art for public spaces in this city. An international contest were held for this purpose on Sept 7, 2009.

The winner was Scuptureatwork with the design concept called "Voices From The People". As a result of this, more than 50 art made from iron wrought sculptures were erected on the city's building walls. These art help you to see the culture, happenings and how things were decades ago.

Kopi O caricature PenangMaking Kopi-O iron caricature at Lebuh Kimberley

In an effort to continue boosting the tourism industry, a renowned artist from Lithuania named Ernest Zacharevic was roped in to paint a few murals during the Georgetown Festival 2012. 

His most famous painting here is "Two Children On A Bicycle" which is located at Armenian Street. On a busy day, you will need to queue up to take a picture with this mural. It depicted the time when bicycle was the main mode of transportation in Georgetown.

kids on bicycle penang lebuh armenianKids on a bicycle mural. This mural is located along Lebuh Armenian.
Two children ordering "pau" from a traditional house window.
Gat Lebuh Armenian cat muralLocated along Gat Lebuh Armenian, this cat is observing a rat.
Cat mural PenangAnother big cat mural, Lebuh Armenian, a rat mural is located at the other side of the wall.
Mural at Chew Clan JettyTwo funny character at the entrance to Chew Clan Jetty which is within minutes of walk from Lebuh Armenian.
Coppersmith Street PenangThis caricature shows the time when brass and copper wares were made along this street, called Pak Thang Ah Kay or Coppersmith's Street.

There are many other murals and caricatures that you will observe when you walk along other streets such as:

  • Lebuh Carnarvon
  • Lebuh Chulia
  • Lebuh Cintra
  • Lebuh Cannon
  • Lebuh Campbell
  • Lebuh Queen
  • Lebuh Gereja
  • Lorong Stewart
  • Lorong Muda
  • Jalan Transfer
  • Lebuh Muntri
  • Lebuh King
  • Lebih China
  • Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling
  • Lorong Lumut

Get tourism brochures from Tourist Information Centre, No 10, Lebuh Pantai before embarking on your tour of this city. 

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