Walking the streets of George Town

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I love George Town, especially the old town! Walking around its streets, searching for beautiful murals and street arts. You can also rent a bike and circle around the city for mural hunting. Bike rent is not expensive and you will get a map with the exact locations of the murals. It’s fun, you should try it out!

There are several types of street art in George Town.

*** First pieces were done by Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic as a project for the George Town Festival back in 2012. His first work ‘Mirrors George Town’ became a hit followed by other beautiful murals which seem to be the most popular around the city with longest queues for pictures in front. In 2014 he had an exhibition titled Art is Rubbish is Art. His works can be found in different parts of Malaysia, Singapore, and Europe.

*** The second type of art is Marking George Town which is 52 iron installations to be found around the city. Started by the Penang tourism board, these iron installations provide a fun pictorial anecdotes about the history of the street where it is located. It is a fun way to learn some facts about Penang’s heritage.

*** Collection of 12 cat-related street works, named 101 Lost Kittens, is a co-project of Thai artist Natthapon Muangkliang and Malaysian artists Louise Low and Tang Yeok Khang. The aim of the project is to create awareness of stray animals’ plight.

*** Many other street artwork can be found around George Town created by various artists.

George Town has of course more to offer then just the street art. It is said to have the best food in the whole of Malaysia, where you can get inexpensive and tasty meals. Whether Thai, Indian, Chinese or Malaysian, Penang and especially George Town has it all. Coming to Malaysia, my aim was to eat less and healthy, but I must say it is just impossible when you start your journey with Penang and stay there for eight days.

It has been so far the cleanest city I have visited from the beginning of my Southeast Asian trip. And I definitely felt very safe, not only in George Town but in Penang in general. People are very friendly and smiling. I felt very comfortable and good there. Many of my friends were asking me what I did in Penang for so long. I just lived there and would not hesitate to go back and live there for another eight days again.

Be happy and go to George Town!

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