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Penang Street Art, and in particular George Town Street Art, has in the past few years enhanced its position as the street art capital of the country. Since the inscription of the inner city of George Town has a World Heritage Site, the street art scene has developed with increasing vigor. This began with Marking George Town in 2009, which brought the telling of street and social history through the use of caricatures. The project, which showcases the works of cartoonists such as Tang Mun Kian and Baba Chuah, has helped generate awareness of the rich history of the streets.

Sculpture at Work, the company involved in the creation of the steel-rod scultpures, was also involved in creating the fabulous dioramas depicting scenes of life in Penang as well as those commemorating Sun Yat Sen.

In conjunction with the 2012 George Town Festival celebrations, London-trained Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to paint Mirror George Town, a collection of murals within the inner city. The project has drawn much attention from the locals and is expected to enhance interest in the streets of George Town. In his footsteps comes Louis Gan, a 25-year-old self-taught

On this page, I identify the various street art which you can find in Penang. Initially I began by documenting those in George Town itself, by lately, street art of good calibre has also appeared elsewhere in Penang, so I have expanded the coverage. Click on any of the red squares in the map below to visit information of each of the sights.

Location of George Town, Penang Art Street

On the map below are the locations of almost all the noteworthy street art in George Town as well as across Penang. As far as possible, GPS map coordinates are also provided to help you find your way to each of them.





Street Art of George Town, Penang

1st Avenue Mural


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Balik Pulau Murals


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Ryokan Muntri Murals


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Commercialisation of George Town Street Art

Tables are appearing all over the inner city of George Town selling souvenir items that depict the Ernest Zacharevic murals. This has raised issues over the commercialisation of George Town Street Art.

More about George Town, Penang Street Art

  1. Proliferation of Street Art in George Town There is a mushrooming of street art ever since Ernest Zacharevic painted his murals. The quality is open to debate.
  2. Ernest Zacharevic paves the way for George Town as Street Art Destination The attention brought about by the murals has created a new avenue for local artists.
  3. Follow the Ernest Zacharevic Murals Walking Trail Walking trail to visit all the murals.

Update on this page

29 August, 2016 I received an email from Dr Michael Oon, who blogs at My Faces And Places. I am pleased to learn that Michael mentioned Penang Travel Tips on his blog.

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