Giving up on Penang’s Street Art

The search made us walk all over the streets of Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia. We spent hours scouring through different streets, walking under the hot, sweltering sun, testing our patience with each other as we navigate our ways through the same streets again and again in search of more street art.

We armed ourselves with a map, these street art locations conveniently mapped out and duly crossing out each one as we found it. It took us all over Georgetown but the sun, the humidity and the long walks eventually took a toll on us. The search became routine – find one, take photos, cross out on the map and move on to the next one. Took a much needed break and continued on for more.

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penang street art

penang street art

penang street art

penang street art

And then, I gave in. I gave up.

All I wanted to do was to go back to our hotel and stay there for the next few hours. I was tired, sweaty and getting darker the longer I was in the sun.

But then, a roadside vendor beckoned to us and said, “There’s one more inside the coffeeshop!”

Curiosity lured us in and we found one not on our map.

Surprised? Yes!

It surprised us to find out that we didn’t really have the most updated map of these street art in Georgetown after all.

We ended up back at the hotel right after that.

What do you usually search for when you are overseas? Have you ever given up or gotten frustrated on a search when overseas? Please do share! šŸ™‚Ā 

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30 thoughts on “Giving up on Penang’s Street Art

  1. These are fantastic! I would have sweated away like you in search of them. We are always on the search for unique and unusual things in places we visit. Not one specific thing but we try to research ahead of time and then hit the streets. šŸ™‚

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    • Lol, yes…but I hope not as long as it took me though…I was walking for more than 4 hours…under the hot sun! šŸ˜£ but I like to do research too…that’s how I ended up on this hunt! Haha..šŸ˜„

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  2. These are AMAZING. Worth the sweat. And I can say that because I didn’t have to sweat at all to enjoy your images, lol. Thanks for sharing these. A gold mine.

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  3. Lol “getting darker the longer I was in the sun.” šŸ™‚ I’ve been the Penang but honestly haven’t seen a single one of these! Have they always been there? Ha! I am really terrible at seeing “touristy” things when traveling.

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    • Haha..but it was true! I got tanner in Penang cos I didn’t have sunblock on…all cos I was walking for hours hunting these down! Haha…if you walked all around Georgetown, you would bump into it eventually. I had a map which made it easier but I was also walking around for more than 4 hours! So maybe next time for you instead…šŸ˜‰

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    • Hahaha…I didn’t upload that one, it didn’t turn out well cos I didn’t have much room to take it. Since it was in a coffeeshop, it was literally hiding behind tables and chairs! šŸ˜„ I actually had a lot more but I didn’t want to flood the post with all of it..glad you enjoyed this. šŸ˜‰

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  4. Well the efforts paid off – you took amazing photos of these unique street art and have a blog post to write šŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing! Hm..maybe if someday I visit Penang I will ask you to draw me a proper map so I won’t get lost… šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

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    • Yes, it caught me of guard too…but I think it was more because I was walking around for too long without much shade or sunscreen so I started to feel very hot, sweaty and bothered by the sun..if I was in Singapore in this weather, you wouldn’t see me on the streets at all, I wouldn’t step out much from the air conditioned malls…haha…:D

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  5. Highly impressive street arts!!! Combinations of real things and graffiti, right? Hard to tell. That makes it real impressive.
    We had the same experience when I wanted to scavenge most of the street arts in Venice Beach, which is a lot, lot, lot.

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    • Oh yes, I have more actually which is equally good and some which are cleverly drawn but perhaps I will post more later…I can imagine that there would be more street art over on your side, you guys have more freedom to do such things…hahaha…:)

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    • Hello! Sorry for the late reply….glad that you have enjoyed the post and for sure, Penang is a good place to visit if you are interested in the street art…:)

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