When i headed to the island of Penang in Malaysia, i had no particular idea about the city of Georgetown. I rather saw it as a stopover on my way to the Cameron Highlands and Kuala Lumpur, which are further south of the country. But listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, it couldn’t be that bad, i thought. And yeah, the city was something different of what i had seen so far. A colonial style town, much bigger than i expected, with some certain vibe, which i cannot define exactly. Something laidback maybe… Example: the first thing i saw was a guy on the market, holding a chicken in his hands, actually killing it and talking to another guy meanwhile… but i guess this is another story, haha.
What was really impressive about that place was the streetart all around the oldtown. The city has become kind of famous for it. It is not graffiti. They are more like paintings on a wall, often connected with real objects, like a swing or a chair or even a motorbike. Really unique. I’ve seen certain pics on Instagram before, not knowing that they were shot in Georgetown.
Exemplary legally the state tourism bureau produced a printed map with markings of all the famous spots, so it was pretty easy to go for them and nothing to miss. But see for yourself: