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Street Art in George Town, A Remarkable Sight!

Day 2 continues…..
Visiting butterfly farms, temples & parks are certainly not in my family’s to-do-list during our vacation in Penang. The only tourist attraction that has caught my attention was the Street Art in George Town, which was something different.
penang street art old motorcycle mural
I read about these unique painted walls mirroring life in the state of Penang & wrought-iron caricatures with anecdotal descriptions of the streets they adorn.

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So after a rejuvenating session at the Rock Spa, we decided to catch a cab to George Town for some shopping first before heading to the Street Art. Due to its well-preserved heritage buildings, this Penang Capital has been accorded a listing as a #UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Cab fare in Penang is pretty stiff; RM40 from Hard Rock Hotel to George Town!! We were recommended to go to Komtar with malls inter-connecting one another. Guess what? We were done in less than 15 mins! Sad to say, two of the malls seemed old & quite boring. It was a Sunday, but a lot of shops were closed. We decided not to waste our time & look for a shuttle service to Street Art instead.
Going to the Street Art was a frustrating experience for us. Information counter at Komtar directed us to a bus station to take a free shuttle. But when we got there, there were many bus lanes but no signs showing us which is the bus lane to our destination. Asked around, but no one there seemed to know.

penang street art komtar shuttle bus
We finally found couple of friendly policemen who directed us to the bus-stop. After a wait of about 20 mins, a crowded shuttle bus finally arrived. My family boarded the bus & asked if it was going to Street Art while showing the driver a brochure of Street Art, but he just said "No!" I asked him which bus to take, but he kept saying no. Confused, we alighted from the bus helplessly.

penang street art procession sculpture
Steel Rod Sculptures, a collection of caricatures placed on historic streets of George Town

We took a vote & thought we should stay on the spot to try our luck again. This time, we waited under the heat for another 30 mins! A bus came & it looked similar to the one we boarded earlier. We went up anyway & showed the driver where we wanna go, but met with the same "no, no" answer again :<

penang street art iron wall caricatures
Hubby decided we should just stay in the bus & look out for the place ourselves. After all, there seemed to be only one type of shuttle bus at that stop. The bus was packed, but I managed to get a seat. I started chatting with a lady sitting next to me to test my luck. I showed her my map again & was surprised when she told me she has never been to Street Art. She wasn’t sure where exactly the place is :<

penang george town street arts kids on bicycle
Half-way through the journey while looking out for Street Art, the lady suddenly asked us to alight & try walking towards a direction & we may find our destination. We did as suggested, we didn’t have a choice, do we? I thanked the friendly lady & kept my fingers crossed.

penang george town street arts old motorcycle mural
After about 10 mins walk, we managed to find a familiar road name on the map & went towards that direction. We found our first Street Art!! Phew! Patience finally paid off!

I’m really curious. If Street Art is a tourist attraction in #Penang, surely the shuttle bus drivers are aware & can recognize the pix on the brochure shown, even if they may not understand English or Mandarin? I really hope the Tourism of Penang will make an effort to make it easier for tourists to venture around.

penang george town street arts old man mural
Well, what do you think of the Street Art? While it’s certainly an interesting sight; just a pity that most paintings have faded. Kudos to the artists behind these arts. I thought it'll be nice to show you the murals while I'm whining. Sorry, but under that kind of heat, one tends to get irritated easily. We didn’t go way out to find the rest of the murals under the sweltering sun. The tropical heat left us sweaty & exhausted, so be sure to bring along a spray mist & bottle of mineral water when you explore in Penang.

penang george town street arts boy on chair mural
Searching for a cab in the George Town heritage area was incredibly ridiculous; it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. We were desperate to hop into an air-con vehicle, but not a single cab was spotted. The sun baked the earth with a vengeance. We walked a long way under the scorching sun, just hoping to catch one, but just no luck. We finally saw a shopping mall with a taxi stand from afar, definitely not a mirage in a desert. Lol! Under the burning sun, we were like exhausted travellers trudging across a seemingly never-ending expanse of desert. Air-con, at last!! We were dying for some icy cold drinks & were thrilled to see Old Town Coffee. Simply paradise!

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While chilling out, something caught my eye from across the café – a Hello Kitty shop!! Check out what I bought at Hello Kitty Shopping At 1st Avenue Mall, Penang!

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Well, the exasperating day ended with a nice Hello Kitty shopping & a scrumptious Barefoot BBQ Buffet at Hard Rock Hotel’s Pizzeria! Stay tuned for more & in the interim, hop over to submit your entry to Win Hard Rock Hotel Stays + Other Attractive Prizes Worth RM2,730!! Giveaway is Open to All Worldwide, except Indonesia! Closes 30 April 2013 @ 12 am. Good luck!

* This is a scheduled post as I’m off blogging for the entire month of April. I’ll be posting my reviews for your reading pleasure during my absence. I thank you again for coming by, & especially taking your time to let me know your thoughts in the comment box below. Please keep them coming cause there'll be mystery gifts for the top few commentators at the end of the year! Surprises galore at Luxury Haven........... I’ll continue my blog-hopping in May. See you soon & don’t miss me too much :)

31 comments:

  1. Penang street art are cool!~

    Tweet again, today.. Really hope can win the hard rock hotel stay.. hahahahaah~

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  2. lOL...I was in Penng last week. Gosh the weather was really hot. salute you for waiting for than 30minutes for a bus to the Art street. am surprised too that the bus driver didnt know of it. What a disgrace!

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    1. Kathy, no choice cause no cab :< Surprise not many people know the place. Lol!

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  3. Penang has a lot of stuff and attractions places to visit regardless you must come with person whom really know the road directions and information otherwise you will get lost no where. Whenever I go Penang my favorite spot always in Street art and hunting for the street foods :). Wish you have a wonderful day Shirley !

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    1. Hartina, that's so true! It's really difficult to get around without a local. U've a good week, dear!

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  4. Wow Street Art looks really amazing! Seems worth the effort you went through. I'm surprised to hear the locals and shuttle bus drivers don't seem to know about it. So glad you managed to find it though.

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    1. Trishie, once is enough tho. Penang is too hot!

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  5. You really put me to shame! LOL being a Malaysian yet I've never set foot on all the places that you've went! I've heard lots about the street art in George Town as well and I will go there one day! Thanks for the exclusive preview =P

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    1. Michelle, u kidding me! Wish the weather is cooler so we could explore more....

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  6. The street art in Penang is pretty awesome! Good thing that you didn't give up half way in search of these beautiful art pieces, otherwise we all would have missed these rare pictures. I love the picture with Jon holding the can drink high up while the little kid trying to get his hand on it - it look so real especially with Jon's playful smile.

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    1. DS, I like that pix best too! Heehee!

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  7. Salute to you, Shirley!! I have been to Penang numerous times but I havent been to the street you took the pictures... just now I asked my son, he also not sure where.. I told him to find out so that he can take me there next time! :)

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    1. Reana, I took the brochure from the airport actually. Better find out more about directions before u go. Lol!

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  8. I like those wall paintings on the streets of Penang, they look so natural backdrop for the photos.

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    1. Balvinder, simply gorgeous for photography!

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  9. hehehe proud to be penangites! :D

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  10. Visited Pg a few times..and each time its such a joy to see the street art...even if I have seen them before:D

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    1. missyblurkit, cool! It's a must-visit attraction :)

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  11. So artistic and beautiful honestly :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Uru, thks dear! I'm glad u like the post :)

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  12. That is stunning Shirl!! What art!

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    1. Shirley, check out the next time when u visit Penang :)

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  13. Glad that you have visited these famous street art places..to be honest, I have not visited these places yet...hahaha...lazy wanna go there...

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    1. Hong, I'm not surprise since most do not know the place there including the bus drivers. Lol!

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    2. bus drivers also didn't know ar..hahhaha that's too bad..but glad that you manage to make a visit to these places in Georgetown~

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  14. It was sure worth the wait for the shuttle bus

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  15. Penang is my family's favorite destination in Malaysia. We would drive up at least once a year. Guess what? We went there last weekend. Two consecutive outings to Malaysia for my son after a grueling prep for his PSLE. We had a good laugh when my hubby decided to explore the street art by car. Of course, we did not get to see the more famous ones. By the way, I stayed at the hotel next to First Avenue. Not sure why I did not see the Hello Kitty Shop.

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    1. Elsie, apology for the late reply as I've been swamped! Once a year to Penang? Well, we probably do that once in 5. Lol! The heat is unbearable! Guess it's different if you do your own driving.

      I'm surprised to see your comments here as you would usually post them in FB. It's definitely great having you here & love to have you around. Do check out my latest review on Legoland which may interest you. xoxo

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