Ever gone on a treasure hunt? Solely focusing on hunting down everything that there is to find. Well if you are like us you won’t stop until everything is found and you satisfy that little voice in your head that drove you to search for Wally for hours.
Welcome to George Town, the multi cultural capital of the Malaysian island, Penang. This is a city the is full of history, culture, food and what immediately took our eye – street art.
Even without researching George Town you would be hard pressed to not realise that there were graffiti artists on the loose with almost every building sporting someones personal touch. The only difference here is that the artists are celebrated.
Now it didn’t take long for our competitive spirit to kick in and we had a map in hand and we were off exploring the streets. You can pick up these maps from the Tourism Board at the airport or the online brochure of Street Art of George Town. Google has a Map of George Town’s Street Art which is also helpful. We took our time strolling the streets, snapping anything that resembled street art.
Most of the art is kid themed with a funny sense of humour. Buster was more than happy when we stumbled across a couple of minion based street art being one of his favourite movies. It is important to note that being street art it is known to change so use this guide as a lose indicator of what to expect. Some pieces have been retouched and painted with something else and some have disappeared completely (unless we just missed it altogether). There is plenty of art that we missed on our walk and some that we didn’t even get to at all. To see all of the major pieces of art would take the better part of a whole day, so in case you are strapped for time and want to see the rest of George Town, use this guide for some of the major attractions.
It took us the better part of the afternoon cruising the streets on our hunt until the weather turned for the worse and our quest was called off prematurely (such is the predictability of Malaysian weather). Just as well as there is nothing better after a long day of walking that sitting down with a cold drink and listening to the rain pour in.