Georgetown, Penang is best known for its jetties and street art. Named after Britain’s King George III, the inner city of Georgetown has been inscribe as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique architecture and cultural townscape.
Recently the town had a surge of excitement and interest with the emergence of mural paintings on the old walls in Georgetown. Started by Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic, the murals mostly depict children in playful and fun scenes. A trip to Georgetown can now be about finding each of these wall art.
Other artists followed Ernest’s footsteps and started creating their own work. Deaf-mute freelance artist, Louis Gan has a few of his works on various streets.
Because walking on 35 degrees Celcius temperature in Georgetown is not very ideal, we decided to rent a bicycle so it would be easy for us to move around. Bicycle rentals can easily be spotted near the jetties. We got our bikes for 10 RM.
Other mural projects include the “101 Lost Kittens” project, which aims to create awareness on animal care and adopting stray animals. Below are murals along Armenian street.
Although some of these murals have already faded, like the boy with pet dinosaur, I am positive that artists will continue to create these kinds of art work in public spaces.