Did you know that Penang has a thriving street art scene? I had heard from other travelers that Penang was at the epicenter of art culture in Southeast Asia. For some reason, I always thought that art was a part of Penang culture until I met my Airbnb host Sek who was able to give me more insight. He is a local from Penang and spent time living in Kuala Lumpur and the US.
I spoke with Sek briefly about Penang art and he told me it really began 4 years ago how a local artist created washable street art around the streets of Penang. After some time, the street art washed away and this created more demand with locals and tourists for more art. Why were people interested in the art? Because it included people in authentic situations that others could relate to. For example, a boy on his motorbike. The artist who created the art initially came back and created more street art which is still viewable today. Since then, Penang has been involved in art expos with the city of Berlin and the art culture has infused within the local community. For me, it's incredible of the Penang art scene and what it has been able to do in a matter of years. I took a few pictures of the different types of street art I encountered while there.
You have to really walk around the city and look for the different type of art scattered around. You will find it and if you can't just ask a local person to help guide you in the right direction!
I will have to say that Penang art scene made it one of my favorite cities in Malaysia along with the Penang Malaysian cuisine!
If you are looking for a place to stay in Penang, I highly recommend staying at Sek's Airbnb, It won a PAM award for best building of the year in Penang 2015. If you like minimalism, this is a great place to stay in Penang and you won't be disappointed. Sek is aware of the local art community and can give good recommendations on where to visit as well as local restaurants.