A Street Art Tour in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgetown

On 8 July 2008, the city centre of Penang – Georgetown, has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, as it represents the British era from the end of the 18th century because, together with Melaka, both cities present a unique architectural and cultural townscape that is unparalleled in rest of Asia. Over time, Georgetown has gained much popularity amongst cultural heritage buffs around the world, particularly since 2012 with a street art project called Mirrors George Town.

My previous visits to Penang were before the popular street art festival so I didn’t get a chance to tour the city admiring its intriguing street art. This time, one of the highlights of our short getaway was thus to hunt down these beautiful street art in the historic Georgetown. For an easier street-art hunt around the city, you can pick up a Georgetown tourist map. We got a copy from Chulia Mansion hotel reception.

Based on the map’s street art directory, the list of street art to be hunted down = 22! They are mainly located along the streets of Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Pantai, Lebuh Armenian & Pengkalan Weld. We didn’t manage to find all of them, but we did see some not listed. So I reckon the actual number of art pieces should be more than 22?! Check out a few of the better shots we took of the charming historic city. 😉

These tourist tricycles come in handy when you don' feel like sweating it out while hunting for the beautiful street art, just pay & be chauffeured around! :P

These tourist tricycles come in handy when you don’ feel like sweating it out while hunting for the beautiful street art, just pay & be chauffeured around! 😛

Street art depicting the local culture

Street art depicting the local culture

The name of this art piece: "Skippy". Looks like Skippy is watching over the car ;)

The name of this art piece: “Skippy”. Looks like Skippy is watching over the car 😉

"Brother & Sister", outside the traditional Cantonese pastry shop Ming Xiang Tai

“Brother & Sister”, outside the traditional Cantonese pastry shop Ming Xiang Tai

"Brother & Sister on a Swing"

“Brother & Sister on a Swing”

Even Minions have found their way to Georgetown ;)

Even Minions have found their way to Georgetown 😉

Despite the scorching weather, it was an interesting afternoon out hunting down the beautiful street art & queuing patiently in line to take photos. Of course along the way, there were numerous cafes & snacks stalls for us to take a breather & replenish our energy, since we were afterall in the food paradise of Penang. 🙂 I shall write more about the cafes we visited in the next post for your reference in future. 🙂

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