George Town is THE destination for all the street art lovers. The scene is huge, on every corner there is something new and surprising. Old, stunning but neglected houses are a great canvas for artists from all over the world. Many pieces are a bit like mandalas… take hours, days even to be painted and then they disappear in a few months.
There is a certain charm about George Town that made us really love the place. We spent a lot of days walking around the streets there and we could have easily spent weeks.
Here is what we found:
A man with a bowl of cendol
Unfortunately like most of the pieces on the list, we don’t know the author of this one. But it’s my favorite one by far. There is something about the colors, something in the way that that man eats his precious bowl of cendol (popular traditional dessert). Something that made me hungry every time I passed by. Luckily there was always a man selling cendol nearby. Location on our map below.
The black swans
Absolutely stunning piece at the Hin Bus Depot. Beautiful colors and patterns makes it the best piece at the Hin Bus Depot. It’s not the only one though, the spot has quite few epic murals. Not to mention they also have an amazing café, art gallery and weekend market. Heaven to stop by.
More art at Hin Bus Depot
A tiger, a circus boy even a girl exercising. All of these murals are really close to each other.
An old motorbike
This is one of the most famous ones. It was painted by Ernest Zacharevic, the most known of the artists in George Town. He’s based there although he comes from Lithuania and paints all over the world. His art is often very interactive and includes something real in the painting like a chair or a bike or, in that case, a motorcycle.
A kid with a monster
The kid on the motorcycle is running away from a monster that is held by another little boy. JD did his best to help him.
Kids on a swing
Another one of those interactive pieces this time by Louis Gan. Here there are two kids on a swing and another swing just next to them reserved for the daring tourists to join the fun.
The delivery siblings
I assumed that those are brother and sister trying to deliver food from the nearby Chinese restaurant.
Kids on a bike
Ernest Zacharevic painted those kids riding a real bike. There is an extra spot in the back for a wheel-lover like JD.
The rowing man
I have no idea who painted this one but I sure hope it will stay there for years. Stunning mural.
A lot of art in Georgetown is very subtle. You could easily miss it if you’re not careful. Just like this ballerina dancing on a door frame.
Guy with an open mouth
How often can you stand in someone else’s mouth??? Not often, right? So let’s use the chances we have 🙂
The woman with the spices
Vibrant colors and massive size makes this piece truly unmissable. Although it's hidden in the courtyard of the urban spice cafe 🙂
The face of a kid
This one looks sooooo realistic. It’s unbelievable.
The murals above are just a fraction of what there is to see in George Town. But as with art not all of the murals, we loved. There were some we didn’t like that much and with some we were disappointed to see devastated or almost completely fainted away. The ones below are also on our map 🙂