7 Street Arts Of George Town, Penang Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia — If you’re going to Penang for a weekend trip or a quick getaway, then you shouldn’t miss out the street art of George Town that you’ll find there. It’s a must-visit place especially if you happen to be a fan of beautiful and noteworthy street art.

Street Arts Of George Town
Street Arts Of George Town – “The Real Bruce Lee Would Never Do This” street art mural by ASA (Artists for Stray Animals) in George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

Penang has seen quite a boom on street art since 2012. The place is packed with street art murals that will wow and excite you. However, you won’t be able to admire the street art of George Town without knowing which places you should visit there. This post will cover 7 street arts you’ll see in the place. Although you’d see plenty once you get there.


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Also, most of the street art works can be classified by several artists like:

Ernest Zacharevic

Boy on Motorcycle' street installation from Ernest Zacharevic
Boy on Motorcycle’ street installation from Ernest Zacharevic photo By Azreey – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

He’s a Lithuanian artist and is probably the reason why street art in Penang suddenly boomed. His commissioned work, Mirrors George Town, during the town’s festival way back 2012 took a big hit that inspired others to do the same. Aside from Penang, Malaysia, he also has several works found in Singapore and even in Europe.

101 Lost Kittens

It’s not actually an artist but rather a collection by artists: Natthapon Muangkliang who is Thai and Louise Low and Tang Yeok Khang who are both Malaysians. The collection features 12 cat-related arts to build awareness toward lost and stray animals.

Some organizations like Hin Bus Depot and Urban Exchange also organize street art festivals wherein artists can transform buildings with their own street art and murals.

So for a start, here are some of the wondrous street arts that you’ll see in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, specifically in streets of Lebuh Armenian.

Street Arts In Lebuh Armenian

Cultural Girls aka Three Chinese Dolls

Cultural Girls aka Three Chinese Dolls
Cultural Girls aka Three Chinese Dolls

This is actually four street arts-in-one composed of one painting, one steel sculpture and two paintings. Why the name? The painting shows three different girls wearing traditional costumes.

I Can Help Catch Rats by 101 Lost Kittens

I Can Help Catch Rats photo via Pinterest
I Can Help Catch Rats photo via Pinterest

This street art shows a cat prancing on a rat. The lesson? Keep cats as pets and they’ll help you catch rats.

Little Children on a Bicycle by Ernest Zacharevic

Little Children on a Bicycle
Little Children on a Bicycle

Of all the street arts in Penang, the Little Children on a Bicycle is the most famous. It’s the most photographed street art where crowds flock to get their own photos. The street art painting looks very real and all you have to do is place yourself right and you’re good.

Marge Simpson Bollard formerly Minions

Marge Simpson Bollard photo via Instagram
Marge Simpson Bollard photo via Instagram

The reason why this street art was called Minions before was that there are Minions stacked on top of another there once whose maker is speculated to be Zacharevic. Now, the spot is where you’ll find Marge Simpson complete with her iconic tall hairstyle.

Other Street Arts Worth Visiting

Cat Kicking Minion at Lebuh Victoria

Cat Kicking Minion at Lebuh Victoria photo via Twitter
Cat Kicking Minion at Lebuh Victoria photo via Twitter

This one mural shows a fun art wherein a minion is kicked kung fu-style by a muscular cat. The minion is also quite different given that he has Mickey Mouse ears and seemed to drop his cheese.

Cats and Humans Happily Living Together in Lebuh Pantai

Wall artwork named "Cats and Humans Happily Living Together" in Penang Georgetown UNESCO heritage zone by 101 Lost Kittens
Wall artwork named “Cats and Humans Happily Living Together” in Penang Georgetown UNESCO heritage zone by 101 Lost Kittens

This art shows cats carrying people in procession instead of the other way around – the reason why it’s also known as “Cats in a Procession.”

Little Boy Reaching Up by Ernest Zacharevic in Lebuh Cannon

Little Boy Reaching Up by Ernest Zacharevic in Lebuh Cannon
Little Boy Reaching Up by Ernest Zacharevic in Lebuh Cannon

This mural is a literal depiction of a boy reaching up in a hole in the wall while standing on a chair – inched up as high as he could.

Bottomline: George Town in Penang is a hub for quite a few street arts that are worth visiting and that you should not miss when you happen to visit Penang.

How to get to Penang Malaysia

Philippines AirAsia do not have a direct flight to Penang yet but with AirAsia’s massive network, they are offering Fly-Thru service which enables travellers to fly from Manila to Penang, Bali, New Zealand, Maldives and many more via seamless convenience of paying for only one fare and hassle-free transfers from KLIA2. Your check-in baggage will be collected in Penang or at the final destination.

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