Where is Penang? We didn’t know either. It was sort of a ‘close your eyes and put your finger on the world map’ kind of place. It seems hard to believe that we visited this little gem nearly four months ago. Just off the North-West side of Malaysia, you could easily miss this island, more commonly known as the ‘pearl of the orient’ with George Town being crowed as a Unesco Heritage site. From the most curious of street-art to a feast of foods from all around the globe, Penang is like a treasure map of art, food and culture, kindly giving you that extra bit of flubber you always wanted in steamy-old Asia. Thanks, Penang.
May we present our collection of photographs from the street-art walking tour, all shot on our cute Canon camera. We got up at the crack of dawn to embark on this infamous art adventure, brushed onto ancient walls and shutters, wooden doors and frames. Now seasoner travellers, or so we think, we did this on our own, clutching onto our little paper map to help us along our way. Interaction is a ‘must’. “This is 4D art” says Will. Cue the drama school graduates and a couple of drama queens…
Hold on tight- ‘Little Children on Bicycle’:
A more modern piece, in keeping with Chinese New Year and a little bit terrifying:
Being tall has it’s perks, sorry kid. Although I think I am cheating. What’s in that little window?
We nearly missed this lady, hidden within the roots of an ancient tree, down a quiet little street in the heart of George Town:
Wondering how to interact with the art requires a little thought. ‘Little Boy with Dinosaur’ was one of my favourite pieces, as I knew I had really helped out.
Closely followed by ‘Boy on Motorcycle’:
‘The Real Bruce Lee Would Never Do This’ required every bingo wing, hammy and toe to engage in order to get the perfect shot. Luckily it was only 8:00am and there was only one other man observing this utter fiasco.
The walk wasn’t easy as the sun started to heat up to a sweltering thirty-five degrees, but we mustered on, determined to find the not so easy to spot art on the wall.
I think the heat has started to take it’s toll. This art interaction, for example…
I love cats. This was one of the older pieces, and really cool to look at from across the street. When we passed it again at midday, there were crowds of people surrounding this furry friend. The early bird definitely catches the worm.
Street art goes cat-crazy:
Unfortunately we didn’t find them all, and the two hours of walking had worked up one hell of an appetite, and a bit of ‘hangry-ness’ from both of the Harts. Being in food lovers heaven meant that we didn’t have to walk much further in order to fill our tummies.
I could write more about Penang- it’s uber-chic cafe culture, temples, Chinese New Year celebrations, the lushus greenery on the other side of the island, secret beaches, roadside roti, congkak the Hin Bus depot and so on, but I feel like Penang is a bit like Malaysia’s best-kept secret, if you can bear the heat. Here are some of Penang’s finest, taken out and about and selected from our 200+ canon photographs. Everywhere you look, there is something to see or a treasure to be found.
Thank you for reading 🙂