11 Street Art Murals Not to Miss in Georgetown, Penang

Georgetown, on the island of Penang, in Malaysia is nothing short of amazing! It’s a melting pot of amazing food, culture and heritage. To add to Georgetown’s already amazing factor, the city has a “living museum” of beautiful 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.

Where Are The Street Art Murals Located?

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!

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

2.    Kung Fu Girl
Location: Jalan Muntri between Love Lane and Leith Street.
Artist: Ernest Zacharevic

3.    Children Behind Window
Location: Ming Xiang Tai Pastry Shop (Armenian Street)
Artist: Unknown

4.    Kids on a Bike
Location: Armenian Street
Artist: Ernest Zacharevic

5.    Boy on a Chair
Location: Cannon Street
Artist: Ernest Zacharevic

6.    Indian Woman Praying
Location: Lumut Lane
Artist: Julia Volchkova

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

8.    Boy On Motorbike
Location: Ah Quee Street
Artist:
Ernest Zacharevic

9.    Bruce Lee & Kung Fu Cat
Location: Back lane off Ah Quee Street, between Lorong Pit and Beach Street.
Artist:
Unknown

10.  The Indian Boat Man
Location: On the wall of Clockwise Hotel on Stewart Lane/Klang Street
Artist: Julia Volchkova

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

The Story Behind Georgetown’s Street Art

Now that you have our 11 street art murals not to miss in Georgetown, Penang, we wanted to give you 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.

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 he 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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