Penang is known for many things, primarily it’s food. The island — popular with both foreigners and domestic tourists — is the undisputed foodie capital of Malaysia and rightfully so. However in order to eat your way across the island you have to stand up and walk to the next stop in your edible quest. Not only will this help build your appetite for the next dish, it is also the perfect opportunity to stroll past the impressive and unique street art scattered around Georgetown.
All of the Penang street art is located in George Town — the main city on the island, the capital of Penang state, and the third largest city in Malaysia. George Town is a historic city of the Strait of Malacca and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is not only a top tourist destination but an obligatory one, especially for first time visitors.
Penang street art is 3-dimensional…
The most iconic 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.
…and often includes 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 is not your normal street art, which is probably part of what makes it so intriguing.
Gigantic Wall-Size Murals
Many of the street art murals cover the entire side of buildings. Unfortunately because of the tight-knit quarters, this can sometimes make getting a proper full-frame photo next to impossible. That’s where a GoPro comes in handy 😉
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.
Penang Street Art Map
This map 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 does not include the newest exhibits yet.