Penang is known for many things but primarily it’s food. The popular island is the unquestionable food capital of Malaysia and rightfully so. Of course while eating your way across the island you inevitably have to get up from the table and walk to the next stop in your foodie quest. Not only will this help build your appetite for the next dish but it is also the perfect opportunity to stroll past the impressive and unique street art scattered around Georgetown.
Some Penang Street Art Is 3-Dimensional
The most iconic of the street art in Penang are the 3D creations. Each one features a common everyday object surrounded by art drawn to make it look as if both exist in the same dimension.
There Is Metal Wire Art
The metal wire artwork in Penang is also very captivating. Most of the murals come with a descriptive sentence or even a couple talk bubbles, as if the artwork was a one frame comic in the newspaper.
This One Is My Favorite!
Some Of The Murals Are HUGE
And cover the entire side of buildings. Unfortunately because of the tight-knit quarters, this can sometimes make getting a proper DSLR shot next to impossible. Thank you GoPro!
Other Artwork Is Unclassifiable
I learned about the Despicable Me characters while walking around Georgetown, courtesy of my friend Puteri (something I cannot forget now no matter how hard I try). After that I started noticing several DM characters scattered around town but only once the focus of the mural.
Where Can I See This?
Below is a map I obtained that contains the locations of some of the most iconic pieces of street art. Of course, the art is in a state of gradual but perpetual change, so don’t get upset if the map is not 100% accurate.
Want more street art? Toronto’s Graffiti Alley (100 photos!)