Penang Street Art

One of the main attractions of George Town are its street arts and wall murals. Since George Town’s declaration as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, drawings of world-renowned Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic and local steel caricatures have shone a steady spotlight in the eyes of the international audience. These are just some of the many attractions, so take your time to walk through the streets of George Town and see if you can find them all!

Travelling here: Approximately 6-11 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Where to see it: Look around the streets in Georgetown such as Armenian Street, Cannon Street, Ah Quee Street and Muntri Street, to name a few.

Tip 1: If you do not want to spend your time walking around and discovering them yourself, you could always ask for a map that shows where these paintings are located.

Obtaining map: Try looking around Armenian street and you will be able to get the map for free.

Tip 2: Alternatively, you could also scan the QR code provided to view the map where these street arts are.

Tip 3: Tourists visiting these paintings usually have a blast taking pictures with them.

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Jimmy Choo

This is the place where the famous shoe designer, Jimmy Choo, started his apprenticeship.

Location: Lebuh Leith / Lebuh Muntri

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Win Win Situation

Muntri Street was named after the Orang Kaya Menteri of Larut, Perak, Ngah Ibrahim. The tin merchants of Penang worked very closely with Ngah Ibrahim as Larut District was one of the major suppliers of tin at that time.

Location: Lebuh Muntri

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Mr Five Foot Way

The five foot way were meant to protect pedestrians from the hot sun and rain. With the influx of immigrants, work increasingly became hard to find. Many of the old and unemployed thus began using these corridors to set up small businesses instead. The Hokkiens began calling these ‘goh ka ki’ or ‘five foot way’ trades.

Location: Jalan Transfer

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One Leg Kicks All

The ‘black and white’ Amahs were Cantonese domestic servants from Guangdong who did all kinds of household chores and would refer to themselves with wry humour as “Yat Keok Tet” (One Leg Kicks All).

Location: Lebuh Muntri

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Narrowest Five Foot Way

Obviously, this is less than five feet… The ‘five foot way’ of Wan Hai Hotel is said to be the narrowest in Penang.

Location: Lorong Stewart

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Cheating Husband

The local Chinese say the rich men who lived on Muntri Street kept their mistresses here, hence the name ‘Ai Cheng Hang’ or Love Lane.

Location: Love Lane

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Tok Tok Mee

Tok tok mee is so called because hawkers would strike a ‘tok tok’ sound to signal their presence.

Location: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling / Lebuh China

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Wrong Tree

Also called toddy or palm wine, tuak us an alcoholic beverage made from underdeveloped flower of the coconut palm. The collecting and market for tuak was entirely an Indian affair with the majority of its drinkers being Indian labourers.

Location: Lorong Pasar

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Ting Ting Thong

One of the favourite foods sold at Seck Chuan Lane is ting ting thong or rock candy, a hardened mixture of sugar, sesame seeds and nuts loved by kids. It has to be “chiselled” and “hammered” to break it into smaller biteable pieces.

Location: Lorong Seck Chuan

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Labourer to Trader

The early convict labourers were reputed to have built most of the government buildings in Penang. Some ex-convicts became petty traders and were the core group who started the Chowrasta Market.

Location: Jalan Kuala Kangsar

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Kopi ‘O’

One Tall, Double Shot, Decaf Espresso


Location: Lorong Kimberly

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Untrained Parakeet

Parrot astrologers were Indian fortune tellers, who used green parakeets to foretell a person’s future.

Location: Lebuh King

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Three Generations

Kimberly Street is famous for its hawker food. Some stalls have been here for over 3 generations.

Location: Lebuh Kimberly/Jalan Sungai Ujong

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Rope Style

Rope walk was named after the rope making activities on the street.

Location: Jalan Pintal Tali

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The Tua Pek Kong Hneoh Grand Float Procession is held in the Year of the Tiger to wash away bad luck and bring great wealth and health.

Location: Lebuh Armenian

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Too Narrow

The hand-pulled rickshaw was the most popular form of transportation in early Penang.

Location: Lorong Soo Hong

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This was the place to go for Chinese books, stationery, coffins and paper effigies. All the pleasures of the material world can be reproduced in paper burnt as gifts for the hereafter.

Location: Lebuh Carnarvon/Lorong Carnarvon

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In the 1800’s, shops and godowns on Victoria Street were built at the seafront.

Location: Lebuh Victoria

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The old Acehnese godown was originally a jail building already extant in 1805 – hence the thick walls and small windows.

Location: Lebuh Acheh

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Cow & Fish

Not only there were hapless cows bred and slaughtered here but you could smell the fish hung out to dry.

Location: Lebuh Melayu/Lorong Ikan

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No Plastic Bag

A petty-trading neighbourhood, where you can find activities such as drying of salted fish and basket weaving.

Location: Lorong Prangin

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Prangin River was a bustling waterway for all manner of goods that were shipped to Penang from all over the world.

Location: Gat Jalan Prangin

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Budget Hotels

At the turn of the last century, many shophouses were turned into cheap hotels, making this internationally known tourist strip very popular with backpackers.

Location: Love Lane