A Street Art Tour of George Town, Penang


I’ll admit: before the ZafigoX conference which brought me to George Town, Penang, I’d never really heard of this small island in Malaysia.

I’m so glad I’m in the loop now, because this small town is home to some big reasons to visit, including a booming street food scene that blends their rich Chinese history with traditional Malay culture, and street art that’s helped it define itself among the rest of Austral-Asia.

I spent the day yesterday wandering around George Town hunting for some of the city’s most iconic street art. Here’s what I found!

Armenian Street

Most of the city’s famous street art pieces are found on and near Armenian Street, a street so popular that Google Maps shows it just as “Penang Street Art”. On Armenian Street you’ll find these cool pieces:

There were long lines of people waiting to jump in and be a part of the artwork here, but if you’re patient, you can snap a few pics without people in them, like this one, of 2 men pushing the doorway.


I didn’t have the patience for this one, so this girl landed herself in this photo. Hey, thanks!

street art in George Town, Penang, Malaysia

I have a friend who loves pizza, and this artwork just reminded me of her so much!

A cat found at the end of Armenian Street.

This piece is probably the most famous that you’ll find in George Town, and I loved how the decay on the wall became a piece of the artwork. You will more than likely have to wait a few minutes to be able to take a photo here, but I was totally willing to wait. I just love the expressions on the faces of these kids!

The artwork was also awesome at the Made in Penang Interactive 3D Museum, where you can find these pieces: 

street art in George Town, Penang, Malaysia

street art in George Town, Penang, Malaysia


If you need more artwork to feed your souls (and Instagram) there’s also the Upside Down Museum, which produces some trippy images of participants walking on the ceilings and walls!

All in all, I’ve loved exploring the street art of George Town, Penang.

Have you been? What would you add to this list? 


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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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