Georgetown, Penang – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is one of the most exuberant street art cities in the world. The street art here is varied in its mediums (from murals to interactive 3D pieces) and mostly supported by local government to tell stories of the city’s history. Colourful as they are insightful, these murals line the streets and invite tourists, locals and artists from around the world to share in Georgetown’s spirit.
With an annual art fair streamlining projects (like the launch of the project with famed artist, Ernest Zacharevic or the 101 Lost Kittens project to create awareness around the area’s stray animals); the street art here is about more than just aesthetics. And there are so many murals, big and small, dotted around the streets of Georgetown it would be impossible not to capture an Insta-worthy moment here! Take a rickshaw tour or hop on your own two-legged bicycle and get walking to truly take in the sites.
Fly to: Penang International Airport (PEN)
Flight time: 4 hours
Must see: “Little Girl in Blue” (on Muntri Street) is the most well-known and popular of the murals so be prepared to wait in line for that perfect snap.
Sassy tip: “Brother and Sister” (on Lebuh Armenian) is a lesser known and less crowded mural that captures daily life in Penang and comes with a sweet story behind it too.