Georgetown Street Art: 11 Murals Not to Miss in Penang

Georgetown, on the island of Penang, is nothing short of amazing! It’s a melting pot of amazing food, culture and heritage. To add to the city’s already amazing factor, Georgetown has street art scattered about its city walls.

With so many to choose from, we’re here to tell you where to find the 11 street art murals not to miss in Georgetown, Penang.

Penang Street Art and Murals

Georgetown Street Art Map

To give you a better idea of where each street art mural is located in Georgetown, we created the below map to help you plan your route!

Murals are scattered around the city of Georgetown, but the below map makes for a nice walking tour. Spend a day admiring the murals that have helped put Georgetown on the map.

Georgetown Street Art Map

Street Art Murals Not To Miss in Georgetown

1.    Children on The Swing

Location: Gat Lebuh Chulia, between Victoria Street and Pengkalan Weld
Artist: Louis Gan

Children on A Swing - Georgetown Street Art

2.    Kung Fu Girl

Location: Jalan Muntri between Love Lane and Leith Street.
Artist: Ernest Zacharevic

Kung Fu Girl Mural in Georgetown Penang

3.    Children Behind Window

Location: Ming Xiang Tai Pastry Shop (Armenian Street)
Artist: Unknown

 Children Behind Window Mural in Georgetown Penang

4.    Kids on a Bike

Location: Armenian Street
Artist: Ernest Zacharevic

Kids on Bike Mural in Georgetown Penang

5.    Boy on a Chair

Location: Cannon Street
Artist: Ernest Zacharevic

Boy On Chair Mural in Georgetown Penang

6.    Indian Woman Praying

Location: Lumut Lane
Artist: Julia Volchkova

Indian Woman Praying Mural in Georgetown Penang

7.    Children Playing Basketball

Location: Gat Lebuh Chulia, opposite the ‘Brother and sister on swing’ Penang street art.
Louis Gan

Basketball Mural in Georgetown Penang

8.    Boy On Motorbike

Location: Ah Quee Street
Ernest Zacharevic

Boy on Motorcycle Mural in Georgetown Penang

9.    Bruce Lee & Kung Fu Cat

Location: Back lane off Ah Quee Street, between Lorong Pit and Beach Street.

Bruce Lee Street Art Murals Not to Miss in Georgetown, Penang

10.  The Indian Boat Man

Location: On the wall of Clockwise Hotel on Stewart Lane/Klang Street
Artist: Julia Volchkova

Indian Boat Man Street Art Murals Not to Miss in Georgetown, Penang

11. Old Penang Soy Milk Seller

Location: On Gat Lebuh Chulia, between Victoria Street and Pengkalan Weld –  found just beside Children on the Swing mural.
Artist: Collaboration by St. Xavier’s Institution, Homesoy and Vilmedia

Soy Milk Seller Street Art Murals Not to Miss in Georgetown, Penang

The Story Behind Penang’s Street Art

Now that you have our must see murals of Penang Street Art, here is some background on why the street art of Georgetown exists today and who played a part in creating these amazing works.

Georgetown was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009. To celebrate this, the Government held a competition for artists to create a “living museum” around the city.

The winner was “Sculpture at Work” who created 52 steel rod caricatures called “Voices” from the People that explain the history and story of Georgetown.

steel rod caricatures in Georgetown Penang

The next stage of the “living museum” took place in 2012 when Georgetown commissioned the works of Ernest Zacharevic, from Lithuania, to create “living” exhibits throughout the city.

What Ernest Zacharevic created are some of the most famous murals in the city of Georgetown.

Two years later, in 2014, a Russian artist named Julia Volchkova came to Georgetown and painted scenes of the ordinary, everyday people that make up the past and present Georgetown.

Since 2012, local artists and various other folks in the community have taken their own turn at adding to the murals in Georgetown. From charities to local cafes getting in on the fun, street art is definitely not lacking in Georgetown!

Where To Stay in Georgetown

For The Budget Conscious: Rainbow House is comfy, clean and walking distance to many of the must sees places of Georgetown plus its a great value for your money…what more can you want?!

For The Luxury Inclined: Yeng Keng Hotel is a 19th century hotel restored to absolute perfection and located right in the middle of the UNESCO world heritage site of Georgetown. From an outdoor pool to a whole lot of character, this hotel is sure to please.

For Something In Between: Spices Hotel is a gem. The smell of lemongrass hits you as soon as you walk in. Comfy rooms, a central location and a vibe that has all the charm you could ever want in a place. Trust us, you wont want to leave.

For more place to stay in Georgetown, you can check out the latest places and prices here.


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