Things To Do In Ipoh – Mural Art

Things To Do In Ipoh – Mural Art

Before visiting Ipoh, I did my usual research on what are the Things To Do in Ipoh? And I read about the awesome Mural Art there. I had only heard about the famous Mural Art in Penang. And did not know they exist in Ipoh, too. Now, that I know, I made sure to track as many as I could.

After we checked in Hotel Excelsior Ipoh, and unloaded our luggage there, we first headed for lunch. We were very hungry after a long drive. We went to Lou Wong Chicken Rice. It was very good! I will blog about this next.

After lunch, it was time to find as many Mural Art as we could. It was perfect as we needed to walk and digest all that delicious food. Off we went to explore the city! Come along with us.


Mural Art in Ipoh – The Video

Prefer to watch a video of the Mural Art in Ipoh? Here it is!


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Mural Art in Ipoh

We did not have a planned route. To be honest, it was more like this – as mentioned earlier, we learned about the Mural Art in Ipoh. But we did not check where they were located exactly. So what we did was more of simply walking about the city, and spotted any Mural Art if we could. We were quite lucky. We found quite a few.

Below was one of the well known ‘Art of Old Town’ mural set. It was a collaboration between OldTown White Coffee and the City Council of Ipoh. The artist who painted this was Ernest Zacharevic. He was the same genius Lithuanian street artist that created all the awesome Mural Art in Georgetown of Penang.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of Kopi O, Black Coffee in a packet
Mural Art of Kopi O, Black Coffee in a packet

Kopi O is local for ‘black coffee’. There were 5 packets of the Kopi O, each emptier than the next. It was almost like a tribute to this iconic drink that was popular with the locals.

We continued walking down the street, and my friend spotted this very colorful mural. It was about an old style provision store that sold fruits, lanterns, and other goods. There was a towkay – local term for boss – seated on a rattan chair looking all relaxed.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a Provision Store filled with fruits, lanterns, and goods with the store owner
Mural Art of a Provision Store filled with fruits, lanterns, and goods with the store owner

The next mural we found was next to a local restaurant. They must have realized how these Mural Art drew crowds. So, they had one of three foreigners enjoying beer. How apt that the restaurant sold Carlsberg!

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of three men toasting with beer
Mural Art of three men toasting with beer

Soon, we were less depending on chance, and more dependent on Google. We read about a place where there were many Mural Art. As we approached that location, we were amazed at a huge Mural Art painted at the side of that building.

It was about a group of men practicing WuShu (martial arts), and one of the activities was to balance a very tall and large flag on their heads. You could not miss this!

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art on the wall of a building of a group of young men holding up a large flag
Mural Art on the wall of a building of a group of young men holding up a large flag

The location was supposed to have many Mural Art. But it looked closed, and all we could spot were a very few painted along the side of the facade. Quite sad. Even then, the paintings were beautiful.

Here was one that could easily be missed if you did not really look carefully. It was one of the smaller Mural Art of a cat catching mice. Was this art imitating life?

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a cat catching mice
Mural Art of a cat catching mice

Further along this perimeter, there are a couple more Mural Art. There was this charming coffee shop, complete with soft drinks that were no longer sold today, and a gentleman who could be the original barista, preparing coffee for customers.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a local coffee shop and the original barista
Mural Art of a local coffee shop and the original barista

Next to the above painting was one of a trishaw rider. The trishaw was one of the old mode of transportation. It was made of a bicycle with a large seat in front of it. Passengers would sit on the large seat, and the rider would peddle the bicycle to take the customer wherever they would like to go.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a trishaw and its rider
Mural Art of a trishaw and its rider

Here was another one of the popular Mural Art – an mobile ice cream seller. These mobile stalls would move from one location to another, and sold the most delicious ice cream served on a hot day.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a mobile ice cream stall and its seller
Mural Art of a mobile ice cream stall and its seller

Another popular Mural Art that captured a group of children playing blind man’s buff, a very popular game in the old days. The artist truly delivered the energy and emotions of the children.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a group of children playing blind man's buff - this is one of the famous murals
Mural Art of a group of children playing blind man’s buff – this is one of the famous murals

The last one we have in this post was discovered by us, by chance. We were looking for one of the popular local attractions, one of the museums. But found instead this breathtaking Mural Art that was drawn all over the side of this building.

This almost told a story, and perhaps it did. It was about the glorious days of tin mining in Ipoh. Back then, tin mining brought much prosperity and wealth to this small town. Today, tin mining has almost gone, with only a very few still in operations.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art depicting the old mining town of Ipoh
Mural Art depicting the old mining town of Ipoh

Where are all the Mural Art in Ipoh?

The Google Map below shows some of the locations of the Mural Art in Ipoh. Perhaps you will have better chances of capturing more of the Mural Art?

How To Get There?

By Foot

This was how we moved about within the small town of Ipoh. Just get a map from the hotel or use Google Maps, and you will be able to navigate easily to find all the Mural Art.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. There is no need actually. The town is so small that you can easily get about by foot (see above).

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. The town is so small, it is better to take taxi or Grab. Better still, since the Mural Art are all in town, simply go By Foot (see above).

By Car

If you drove to Ipoh, 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.

Plus, parking is usually not a problem because there is ample space almost everywhere.

Tip: Public parking requires coupons. You can buy them from stores nearby parking areas.

Tip: There are people hanging around public parking areas, and claiming to collect fees. It is up to you, but I would advise paying a small sum for the safety of your car.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter.

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.


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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

10 Replies to “Things To Do In Ipoh – Mural Art”

    1. Thanks Melinda. Glad you like this article.
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  1. I love all the murals and your pictures are wonderful! My nephew does a lot of traveling, I’ll send him a link to your site. Never heard of Grab before, is this basically like Uber here in the states?

    1. Thanks! Glad you love the murals & pics. I have many more nice pictures on my other blog posts. Please do visit them.
      And thanks for sending the link to your nephew. 🙂
      Yes, Grab is like Uber. It is the strongest competitor. And many people, like me, prefer Grab.
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  2. I love this!! I learned so much and I am truly fascinated by your discoveries. It makes me want to explore murals every where! The video is a nice addition to the pictures. Thank you for your generosity and peeking my curiosity. A wonder full experience here, thank you!

    1. You’re welcome, Kathleen. I am very happy that you love this. Please do visit my other blog posts to see more interesting places.
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  3. Very nice and professional website. You seem to be a very experienced traveler.
    That can only help and I’m so glad you have decided to pass on that experience to us.
    That mural art is fabulous.. i had no idea.
    I learned a new word association today. Grab- is it a cab service like uber?’

    1. Thanks Paul. I am very happy to share my travel experience with the world. Glad you like the mural art.
      Yes, Grab is like Uber. It is the strongest competitor here in Asia. And many people, like me, prefer Grab.
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    1. Thanks! Glad you like it. 🙂
      Good to know a fellow travel blogger. And thanks for bookmarking Asia Travel Gems.
      Yes, look forward to the opportunity to work together. 🙂
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