Things To Do In Penang – Entopia Butterfly Farm

Things To Do In Penang - Entopia Butterfly Farm - header

Things To Do In Penang – Entopia Butterfly Farm

After the morning at the awesome Kek Lok Si Temple, we headed for Entopia, the Penang Butterfly Farm. It was a nice drive. On the way there, some parts of the journey was by the sea. We even passed an area that reminded me of the seaside areas of Phuket.

To be honest, I was not very keen on Entopia. I wondered just how interesting can a place filled with butterflies be? Boy, was I wrong! Entopia offered so much more than just tropical butterflies. It was definitely one of the Things You Must Do In Penang!

So now, I will share with you about this awesome place that you must visit. I will provide a video walk-through below, plus my experience at Entopia with lots of photos. Also, useful information such as visiting hours, ticket prices are all in this blog post.

* Tip: You will spend at least two hours here. More if you take a breather at their lovely cafe.

Come join me on this wondrous journey!


Things To Do in Penang – Entopia Butterfly Farm – The Video

I took a lot of videos. There were a lot of stuff to capture on film. There was a wide variety of butterflies. And more than that.

There were other creatures like frogs, snakes, insects, ducks, lizards, dragonflies, ants, and many more. There was also the very cool and scientific exploration of the world of butterflies in the Cocoon zone. Don’t miss all this in the video below.

I have compiled and edited all the videos into one. Here it is. Watch it now!


Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click above image!
Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click above image!

About Entopia

How did Entopia get started? All of us have to thank a gentleman named David Goh, the founder. In 1986, his passion for butterflies inspired him to build a butterfly farm that would be a top tourist attraction in Penang.

Bunch of Red Hibiscus became a Feeding Area for Butterflies
Bunch of Red Hibiscus became a Feeding Area for Butterflies, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Since, then the Penang Butterfly Farm had millions of visitors. Yours truly and my friends are now part of that impressive number. In addition, Entopia won many awards and is voted as one of the best destinations in Penang on TripAdvisor. Definitely one of the Things To Do in Penang – Entopia Butterfly Farm. Wouldn’t you agree?

The large attraction has two main zones – Natureland and Cocoon (more information about these are below). In addition to all the interesting creatures, butterflies and animals, the site offers Learning Activities that educate the public all about the exhibits and nature.

Entopia Map
Entopia Map, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved. >>> Click on above image for Larger version <<<

Natureland

Immediately upon entry, we were at Natureland. This first zone has been described as a living garden vivarium. The first area was the Mystery Cave. There were frogs, spiders, snakes and many other creatures.

Mystery Cave

There Were Other Creatures Too
There Were Other Creatures Too, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The Mystery Cave was dimly lit. As we exit, we entered Tiger Falls, and it was breathtaking! The scenery was beautiful with a waterfall as well as plant and flowers everywhere.

Butterflies Everywhere!

More than 15,000 butterflies from hundreds of species were flying freely, drinking sweet nectar from the flowers, and fluttering up into the air all around. We wandered into this peaceful space, awe struck, and immersed in an idyllic and almost paradise-like environment.

A Charming Copper Butterfly
A Charming Copper Butterfly, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
Info about Tiger Butterflies
Info about Tiger Butterflies, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved. >>> Click above image for Larger version <<<
Common Tiger Butterfly sitting and sipping on a flower
Common Tiger Butterfly sitting and sipping on a flower, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
Beautiful Blue and Black Butterfly sat on the floor
Beautiful Blue and Black Butterfly sat on the floor. © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
Yellow Glassy Tiger Butterfly
Yellow Glassy Tiger Butterfly, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
A Lovely Tiger Butterfly
A Lovely Tiger Butterfly, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
Another Gorgeous Tiger Butterfly
Another Gorgeous Tiger Butterfly, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
Cluster of White Butterflies
Cluster of White Butterflies, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
One of the Many Feeding Areas for Butterflies
One of the Many Feeding Areas for Butterflies, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
A Pretty Purple Butterfly landed on a friend's hand
A Pretty Purple Butterfly landed on a friend’s hand, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

There Were Other Creatures Too!

There Were Dragons Too
There Were Dragons Too, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
There Were Dragonflies Too
There Were Dragonflies Too, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Cocoon

After hours exploring Natureland, we arrived at the entrance of the Cocoon. I wondered what secrets this mysterious looking entrance will lead us to?

Entrance to Cocoon Zone
Entrance to Cocoon Zone, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The entire Cocoon is indoors. It has two floors of learning exhibition and indoor activities. There were various installations, videos, multimedia shows, interactive stations and even a mini theater inside.

All these provided a walk-through experience that educated us about the world of the invertebrates. They named the different parts of the Cocoon as the Pandora Forest, Metamorphosis, Lumino City, Downtown Entopia, Breeding Ground, Underground Mysteries and Understory Tales.

Watch the above video for more visuals of Natureland and Cocoon!

Cocoons
Cocoons, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Things To Do in Penang – Entopia Butterfly Farm – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Entopia is definitely One of the Places You Must Visit when you are in Penang! As mentioned at the start of this article, I had low expectations of this attraction. Mainly because in the past I had been disappointed with many such places that had lots of hype.

But Entopia proved me wrong. As I explored this awesome place, my mind changed its perception of it. Entopia truly over delivered. For the price, it is more than worth it.

One of the things I would advise is to dedicate at least half a day here. This place deserves a slow and deliberate exploration. Enjoy the scenery. Be one with the nature that if offers.

Lastly, do purchase the tickets online and at least 3 days earlier to enjoy the 10% discount. My friends and I did not know of this offer, and we lost out on the 10% discount. But we do not see why you should not enjoy it.


Where is Entopia?

From the map shown below, if you think that Entopia is far from George Town or any city area in Penang, you are not wrong. It is quite a distance away.

As I wrote at the start of this article, my friends and I traveled to Entopia by car. One of my friends drove, and that made getting around Penang quite easy.

It took us about 20 to 30 minutes to travel from George Town to Entopia. We took the route along the coast, and enjoyed views of the beautiful sea. We even passed Batu Feringghi but did not have time to explore it. Maybe next time?

Operating Hours

Opens Daily, 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (including weekends and public holidays)

Entrance Fee

Here is the ticket prices as at January 2018. For current ticket prices, please visit the Entopia website.

Entopia Entry Ticket Prices
Entopia Entry Ticket Prices, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

* Tip: Last ticket sale and entry is at 5.00 pm (but what are you doing visiting at such a late hour? There is too much to see and not enough time if you arrive at 5.00 pm!)

* Tip: Buy your tickets online 3 days in advance and Save 10%!

Address

830 Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia

Contact

Email: info@entopia.com
Phone: +604-8888 111

How To Get There?

By Foot

No way. Travel by bus, cab or Grab. Best choice is Grab.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. Travel by bus, cab or Grab. Again, best choice is Grab.

By Bus

You can take buses 101 from Weld Quay to Teluk Bahang, 102 from Penang Airport or 501 from Balik Pulau Town. But honestly, the buses have fixed timings, and are not so frequent. Better if you have a car or commute by cab or better still, use Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Penang, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app. There is ample car park lots at Entopia.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter. If you choose to go by taxi, sometimes it may be better to book them for the afternoon or day. This way, you can be assured of getting a ride back to the city, as and when you like it.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click above image!
Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click above image!

If you have ANY questions about this article, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,
Timotheus

Things To Do In Penang – Kek Lok Si Temple

Things To Do In Penang - Kek Lok Si Temple

Things To Do In Penang – Kek Lok Si Temple

When you visit Penang, one of the Things To Do in Penang that you must do is visit Kek Lok Si Temple. We did, and we are very glad. It was awesome!

After a good breakfast of Penang Fried Kway Teow, we headed for the famous temple. It was a short and pleasant drive.

In this post, you will get to see a video of the amazing place, learn the history of this famous Buddhist temple, see the halls filled with Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Divine Beings, and enjoy the breaktaking view from the top of Penang Hill where this temple resides.


Kek Lok Si Temple – The Video

We enjoyed filming the many sights seen at this wondrous temple. We started on the lower levels, on to the many halls on various levels, to the peak of the hill where the Giant Kuan Yin statue is, and also climbed up the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas to capture the magnificent view of Penang from above.


Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click above image!
Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click above image!

Kek Lok Si Temple – About & History

This is one of the best known temples on the island. It can be said to be the largest  Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Actually, it is made up of a complex of temples and prayer halls that were built over a period from 1890 to 1930.

View of Circular Pavilion garden and Middle Prayer Hall
View of Circular Pavilion garden and Middle Prayer Hall, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

There are two main attractions here. One is the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas. And the other is the giant statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. There is more information about both below.

One of the unique features of this famous place is that it showcases architecture and artwork from Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. In doing so, they have displayed harmony in diversity.

Tip: There is a lot of ground to cover. Visit first thing in the morning.


Kek Lok Si Temple – Giant Bronze Statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy

This is the newer attraction at Kek Lok Si. It was completed in 2002. It is located high up on the hillside.

We were very excited to see this huge tribute to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. When we were driving towards Kek Lok Si, we could already see it from afar.

To get to the location, we took the inclined lift to get there. You need to buy a ticket to ride the inclined lift. Watch the video to see how.

Giant statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy
Giant statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy is made of bronze, and is 36.57 meters tall. That is about 120 feet.  Wow! This makes it the tallest Kuan Yin statue in the world!

side view of Giant statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy
Side view of Giant statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

When we were there, we could not resist the breathtaking, magnificent view of Penang. We just had to stop for a while, take a breath, and enjoy the scene before us.

Awesome view of Penang
Awesome view of Penang, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Kek Lok Si Temple – Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas

The other attraction, the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas was no lightweight either. Completed in 1930, this towering structure has continued to capture much attention from visitors since then.

Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Within, there were ten thousand alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha. The pagoda itself is 30 meters (98 feet) tall.

The architecture is a harmonious mix of Chinese, Thai and Burmese. The octagonal base is a Chinese design. The middle tier has Thai influence. And the crown at the top is surely Burmese in origin.

View of Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas from afar
View of Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas from afar, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The mix represents harmony in religious diversity. It also reflects both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism.

On the ground level, there is a huge statue of Buddha donated by King Bhumibol of Thailand. That is why it is also known as Rama VI Pagoda. You can see an image of this statue in the video above.

Lotus Flower in the garden of the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Lotus Flower in the garden of the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Before we explored the pagoda, we noticed a very beautiful garden next to it. There were lovely flowers such as the lotus shown above. Plus, the landscaping was a sight for sore eyes. Do watch the video above to see the garden.

From the top level of the pagoda, you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking and magnificent view of Penang Hill, and George Town.

Panorama view of George Town from top of Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Panorama view of George Town from top of Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved
Panorama view of Penang hill and huge Kuan Yin statue
Panorama view of Penang hill and huge Kuan Yin statue, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Kek Lok Si Temple – Prayer Halls

There were many prayer halls at Kek Lok Si. All filled with statues of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Divine Beings.

Here are photos of some of them. To see them all, do watch the video above.

When we first arrived, we found this prayer hall. There were 3 large statues of Bodhisattvas, all beautifully decorated.

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

We also found a pretty garden that had this serene Circular Pavilion with a Buddha image.

Buddha in Circular Pavilion
Buddha in Circular Pavilion, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

We roamed around. The place was like a maze. Then we found this small entrance with the sign that said in Chinese – Kek Lok Si.

I love the deep blue colors!

Small entrance to Kek Lok Si
Small entrance to Kek Lok Si, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

This was the entrance to one of the many prayer halls. I love how the many lanterns gave that extra touch, and made for such a nice photo.

One of the many Prayer Halls
One of the many Prayer Halls, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

This next altar was actually on the same location as the Giant Kuan Yin Statue. So beautiful!

Kuan Yin with many arms
Kuan Yin with many arms, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The perimeter of one of the prayer halls featured statues of Buddha all along it. Simply astonishing!

Many statues of Buddhas adorn the perimeter of one of the prayer halls
Many statues of Buddhas adorn the perimeter of one of the prayer halls, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

As mentioned, there were prayer halls that were Theravada Buddhism.

Three Buddhas in Theravada Buddhism Prayer Hall
Three Buddhas in Theravada Buddhism Prayer Hall, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

* Tip: Look up! The ceilings are also filled with colorful and delicate artwork!

Beautiful Artwork on the ceilings of prayer halls
Beautiful Artwork on the ceilings of prayer halls, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

* Tip: Look around! The walls have intricate art that tells stories!

Beautiful Artwork on the walls of prayer halls
Beautiful Artwork on the walls of prayer halls, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Conclusion

As mentioned in other blog posts, we visited during the off peak season. We heard that Kek Lok Si is a magical wonderland of lights and colors during Chinese New Year. During this period, the temple stays open until late at night.

If you can time your visit, best to do so during Chinese New Year. For me, it is a little difficult to plan because Chinese New Year is a big festival where I am from. And I am obligated to stay at home with my family during this time.

Still, Chinese New Year or not, Kek Lok Si Temple is indeed a place you must visit when you are in Penang.

* Tip: Visit during Chinese New Year


Where is Kek Lok Si Temple?

Kek Lok Si Temple is located at Air Itam mountain in George Town on Penang island. It is near and faces the sea. As such, the heights at the temple can offer impressive views of Penang.

Operating Hours

9 am to 6 pm, Daily.

Entrance Fee

Free to enter temple grounds. You have to pay to visit the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and use the inclined lift to the Giant Kuan Yin Statue. Prices change over time. Best to find out when you are there.

Address

Kek Lok Si Temple, 11500 Ayer Itam, Penang

Contact

Email: email@kekloksitemple.com
Phone: +604-828 3317

How To Get There?

By Foot

Best to travel there by bus, car, taxi or Grab. See below.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. And there are no trains to this place.

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. Also, the journey by bus is quite a convoluted one and takes up a lot of time. Better to go by car, taxi or Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Penang, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app. There is ample car park lots in the temple.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter. If you choose to go by taxi, sometimes it may be better to book them for the afternoon or day. This way, you can be assured of getting a ride back to the city, as and when you like it.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click above image!
Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click above image!

If you have ANY questions about this article, about Things To Do In Penang – Kek Lok Si Temple, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,
Timotheus

Things To Do In Penang – Street Art In Penang

Things To Do In Penang - Street Art In Penang

Things To Do In Penang – Street Art In Penang

One of the Things To Do in Penang was wander around George Town, and find the famous Street Art in Penang. It was great fun because it was going on a treasure hunt. When in Penang, it is something we simply must do. And so must you!

After enjoying the Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul, we felt refreshed and re-energized from the long drive. We had heard so much about the famous Street Art in Penang. And our goal was to find as many of the famous illustrations as possible.

In this article, I will share with you a little bit of how the mural art came about? Who are the artists? Where is the street art located? And most importantly, did we manage to find them all? Continue reading to find out.


Street Art in Penang – The Video

As usual, we shot as many videos as we can of this phenomenon. There is a street view to show you where this place is, and to help you identify the location. And, of course, we captured as many of the street art as we could. Watch the video to see how many we managed to find.


Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click above image!
Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click above image!

Street Art in Penang – About & History

After Kuala Lumpur, Penang is the next top destination in Malaysia. She is famous for her white sandy beaches, rich heritage and culture, and the wide range of delicious food.

In 2008, George Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is due to the her being like a living museum. The streets are filled with buildings that are in it original state, and rich with culture. Since this award, George Town has attracted thousands of tourists.

George Town - World Heritage Site
George Town – World Heritage Site, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

To enhance the status of being a World Heritage Site, the City of Penang held a competition to add signages to this living museum. This resulted in Iron Wrought Structures placed strategically around the town. Read The Beautiful Wrought Iron Works section below for more information.

The next level of creating this living museum was the addition of beautiful street art. Read the next section – The Beautiful Illustrations for more information and photos of some of these awesome murals.

Tip: There are walking tours – check with your hotel


Street Art in Penang – The Beautiful Illustrations

In fulfilling the concept of George Town as a living museum, Illustrations by Ernest Zacharevic from Lithuania were painted on walls of the many charming old buildings. The famous artist created large and fabulous murals that transformed the old town into an open air gallery. Tourists from all over the world travel here to see these amazing works of art and to take photos and selfies of them.

And we were one of those tourists! Well, short of selfies. We captured these beautiful works of art in photos and video. If you have not yet, do Watch the Video above.

Tip: If you are visiting during the hot season, make sure you have a bottle of water with you at all times. It can get very hot during the day. Alternatively, stop once in a while to catch a break and enjoy the local coffee, tea and snacks at the local coffee shops.

Ready for the Street Art in Penang tour? Let’s go!

It was not easy to take the photo below. There were so many people queuing to pose with it. This was because this was one of the more famous and popular street art titled Children on Bicycle.

Don’t they look so happy and carefree?

One of the famous Street Art in Penang - Children on Bicycle
One of the famous Street Art in Penang – Children on Bicycle, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Here was another street art that is very popular. Again, lots of people queuing to pose with it. I had to quickly capture between the posers. It was the Boy on Motorcycle.

The emotion on the faces of this mural art and the one above. The words unspoken but revealed from the body language and body postures. Of this, the above, and all the street art. I find they speak volumes. Don’t you agree?

One of the famous Street Art in Penang - Boy On Motorcycle
One of the famous Street Art in Penang – Boy On Motorcycle, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

I really liked this when I first saw it. It was full of energy and color! So apt for Lion Dance. It was located at a shop selling ice balls (a local dessert that was like snow cones).

One of the famous Street Art in Penang - Lion Dance
One of the famous Street Art in Penang – Lion Dance, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

It took a while for us to find this famous mural. It was Boy On Chair. It was not located near the other street art. You have to do a bit of exploring to find this one.

One of the famous Street Art in Penang - Boy On Chair
One of the famous Street Art in Penang – Boy On Chair, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

This next one was intriguing. I wonder what all the blue color was about? Anyone knows? If you do, please enlighten me and leave me a comment?

Also, my friends told me this was a famous street art. But it was not featured on any list of famous street art in hotel literature. So, not sure if it was famous. Again, if anyone knows, please leave a comment?

One of the famous Street Art in Penang - Shouting Boy
One of the famous Street Art in Penang – Shouting Boy, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The Three Chinese Dolls were really pretty! And the size of this mural is really small. So, you have to really keep your eyes peeled to find it. Watch the video to see where to find it.

One of the famous Street Art in Penang - Three Chinese Dolls
One of the famous Street Art in Penang – Three Chinese Dolls, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The above street art were mostly in one block area. To see more street art, you have to move to other blocks just next to it. The Love Me Like Your Fortune Cat was found in one of the blocks nearby.

One of the famous Street Art in Penang - Love Me Like Your Fortune Cat
One of the famous Street Art in Penang – Love Me Like Your Fortune Cat, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

In the same block as the one where Love Me Like Your Fortune Cat was found, we discovered the famous Skippy street art. Sadly, the elements had not been kind to this awesome artwork. What used to be a giant homage to a famous cat, painted with brilliant orange, is now a faded ghost like image.

Skippy is famous. He was a rescue by LASSie, an animal shelter. Due to a detached left paw, he walked on three legs with a skip. That was how he got the name Skippy.

One of the famous Street Art in Penang - Skippy
One of the famous Street Art in Penang – Skippy, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The people of Penang seemed to love cats. There so many street art featuring cats of all sizes, colors and breeds. There was even a shop filled with everything that has a cat image on it; cups, t-shirts, souvenirs, etc.

There were even a few cute paintings of cats on the walls. Here is a photos of one of them. Watch the video to see more.

Cats on Scooter mural in a shop
Cats on Scooter mural in a shop, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Street Art in Penang – The Beautiful Wrought Iron Sculptures

A competition in 2009 titled “Marking of George Town” was won by Sculpture at Work. It proposed 52 steel rod caricatures called “Voices From The People”. These art installations would mark places that are significant and provide stories of the people and important events.

There were many Wrought Iron Sculptures. We captured quite a few, and featured them in the video above. Here was one of them.

It told the story of the old days when hawkers sold food using a carrier like that shown in the sculpture. This particular hawker was selling a popular local fare called Nasi Kandar.

One of the Wrought Iron Artworks - Nasi Kandar Hawker
One of the Wrought Iron Artworks – Nasi Kandar Hawker, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

This sculpture caught my eye, and illicit quite a few giggles from others who spotted it. It told the story of a tourist taking a trishaw ride. The trishaw is moved by a man pulling it at the front.

Here, the humor is that trishaw puller did not notice the street manhole and fell into it. The tourist reaction is hilarious!

One of the Wrought Iron Artworks - the humorous Trishaw
One of the Wrought Iron Artworks – the humorous Trishaw, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

I noticed many of the street art, particularly the Wrought Iron Sculptures, injected a bit of local humor. Plus, the characters were ‘drawn’ with exaggerated expressions and body language.


Street Art in Penang – The Alternative

As the entire town became a living museum, and the streets evolved into an open air museum, I could see others, artists or not, inspired to create their own works of art on the walls. Here is a wall filled with old posters.

The posters were advertisements from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. I could spot a few famous people such as Teresa Teng, Marilyn Monroe and Bruce Lee.  Perhaps you can find more? Watch the video for the full length of the wall and all the posters to find who you can identify?

Not mural art but just as creative - a wall of old posters
Not mural art but just as creative – a wall of old posters, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Conclusion

We had so much fun searching for as many street art as we could. I am sure we did not find them all. Perhaps you can find more than us? Do take a look at the video for the full number of murals we spotted. Then come back and let us know which we missed out that you were able to find by adding a comment.


Where is Street Art in Penang?

Now where is the fun if I told you where to find each street art?

The best part about this attraction is the hunting. So I decided to just give you a clue. Just like any treasure hunt, you get to know where one of the most famous street art is – the Children on Bicycle.

This particular illustration is sort of in the middle of all the other famous street art. If you can find this one, you can find the rest. With that in mind, you can use the map below to navigate to the area where the street art is.

Operating Hours

There is no real operating hours here. These are paintings on the walls of buildings in public spaces. So, in a sense, it is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

It is just that it is better to look for these masterpieces during the day.

Address

Practically the whole of George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Contact

There is no one contact number to call. For more information, you can check with your hotel or talk to someone at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Penang.

How To Get There?

By Foot

This is the best option. The street art are spread over a few blocks. So, it would be better to explore and find them on foot.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. And there are no trains to this place.

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. Better to go by car, taxi or Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Penang, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app. Also, there are some street art that are a little far off from the others. This can help speed up the search.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter. If you choose to go by taxi, sometimes it may be better to book them for the afternoon or day. This way, you can be assured of getting a ride back to the city, as and when you like it.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click above image!
Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click above image!

If you have ANY questions about this article, about Things To Do In Penang – Street Art In Penang, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,
Timotheus

Things To Do In Penang

Things To Do In Penang

Penang is awesome! George Town is awesome! There are so many Things To Do In Penang that one trip to this awesome Malaysia city was not enough. Yes, you can tell by now that I have plans to visit this awesome city again. And soon.

But in the meantime, here are some of the places I visited during my last trip in January 2018.



Things To Do In Penang - Entopia Butterfly Farm - header

Things To Do In Penang – Entopia Butterfly Farm

Things To Do In Penang - Entopia Butterfly Farm After the morning at the awesome Kek Lok Si Temple, we headed for Entopia, the Penang Butterfly Farm. It was a ...
Read More
Things To Do In Penang - Kek Lok Si Temple

Things To Do In Penang – Kek Lok Si Temple

Things To Do In Penang - Kek Lok Si Temple When you visit Penang, one of the Things To Do in Penang that you must do is visit Kek Lok ...
Read More
Things To Do In Penang - Street Art In Penang

Things To Do In Penang – Street Art In Penang

Things To Do In Penang - Street Art In Penang One of the Things To Do in Penang was wander around George Town, and find the famous Street Art in ...
Read More


If you have ANY questions about the above articles, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus