Georgetown Penang street art. Around every corner awaits surprises as you search around the Unesco heritage site with map in hand, seeking out street art. Artists have left a trail of “works” for you to find and there are a few hidden treasures that aren’t on the map and some are quite elusive and require you to hunt them down.
Georgetown Penang street art
Exploring the site will take you round a large part of Georgetown, and down backstreets and alleys seeking out that all important piece, and will take you the best part of the day if you walk it. There are plenty of cycle-rickshaws that you can hire or an air-con taxi but where’s the fun in that.
It was a very hot morning as we set out and we were prepared for a long day and laden with water, and with the map we picked up from our hotel we had a rough route and headed for the starting point below little India and opposite the Clan Jetty’s to knock out the first of the many works.
As mentioned, some of these treasure’s are pretty difficult to find, especially the Indian woman whom we passed by at least 10 times down a back alley. We had to ask a local to confirm that the map was correct. So keep them eyes peeled as there are a few that need perseverance to find.
As you stroll around, there’s plenty of sights to keep it interesting of quirky coffee shops, bakeries and cafes serving various snacks. As It was approaching midday, and the sun was blazing in the high 30’s we headed towards the Queen Victoria memorial clock tower near to Fort Cornwallis for lunch and some much needed air-con.
We headed towards Little India where almost every street has metal works in wrought Iron telling you a story of the historical uses of the area – a really nice touch and very informative. Must of taken them ages as the metal work was very intricate, but a nice visual.
Out and about
The whole day is all about seeing Georgetown and passing through all the different areas and around Lebuh Chulia. There are many museums that will keep you busy, along with Chowrasta market to pick up a bargain and many hawker stalls and food joints that you will pass on the quest to find all on offer.
The large Chicken down an alley way was stumbled upon and not on the map. There are numerous hidden art works that aren’t on the map so keep your eyes open. Probably why I look surprised in the photo above 🙂 Genius I tell you.
The above painting is another phantom painting not on any art map, we do traipse around when exploring new locations. Maybe we got lucky again.
We hope you find this information interesting – Georgetown is a great place to explore and has lots to offer. Some of the locations in this Unesco world heritage site really take you off the beaten path. You can stumble upon some great treasures.
From Penang you can fly Air Asia to Langkawi Island for £9 pounds and a 30 minute flight.
From Langkawi you can catch the fast boat to Satun in Southern Thailand to extend your adventures. Check out the post for more details.
Happy travels on your Global Gallivants!
Some of the photo’s of the street art you’ve taken look really cool, I love Bruce Lee, and the motorbike picture looks like it’s real.