Penang is known for its amazing plethora of cuisines, scenic recreational sites and being the cause for spontaneous road trips amongst Malaysians (though we can’t confirm that statistically, it’s just that there’s always someone from KL making a trip up there each weekend).
What makes Penang a go-to destination is not just the food, but the art that embellishes the city and its rich heritage. As more street art pops up over the years, it’s easy to become a little blasé, but these beautiful container murals might just trump ’em all and make you fall in love with the island all over again.
These murals which are part of the Penang International Container Art Festival have become the latest attraction in the state.
Although they are amazing, they’re not just for the ‘gram. The project also aims to revitalise the neighbourhoods in Penang and boost tourism.
All of them were all completed by seven Malaysian artists and their counterparts from Russia, Canada, the Netherlands and Ukraine.
Two of the murals also found a spot in the World’s 8 Best Street Art for January 2020.
Out of 80 murals from around the world, the mural found at Karpal Singh Drive (Hope for the Future by JuliaVolchkova) achieved second place, while Aspen Vision City mural (Connection by Caryn Koh) came in seventh.
The murals were voted on an Instagram poll as Best Street Art In January 2020. The monthly poll decides the best street art from cities all over the world. It’s curated by Street Art Cities, a community that shares murals around the world.
If you’re planning for a road trip to Penang, You can find the murals at these five locations and make your Instagram feed cooler:
1. Prangin Mall – Georgetown
2. Karpal Singh Drive – Jelutong
3. Kampung Terang – Balik Pulau
4. Dataran Pemuda Merdeka – Butterworth
5. Aspen Vision City – Batu Kawan
Better plan early because all of the artwork will be taken down come May 2020!
Photo credits: PICAF