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Street Art and Five-Foot Ways: Penang in Pictures

George Town, Penang

After a harrowing two-day train ride from Chiang Mai, stepping out on Penang island’s solid ground for the first time was a wonderful feeling. I have to admit that I arrived in Malaysia with big expectations – expectations that weren’t necessarily met in all the ways I had anticipated. One thing that took me by surprise, however, was the richness of Penang’s streetscapes. George Town in particular has a complicated beauty unlike anything I’ve experienced before, and a walk through the streets of the UNESCO core and buffer zones proffered a new visual feast at every turn. As I wrote at the time of my visit, Penang’s streets schooled me on colours and shapes – never before have I seen such delightful, ad-hoc and often unintentional combinations of flaking pastel paints and heritage tiles, Chinese frame windows flanked by colonial colonnades  – and robust pattern clashing! I wish I could have captured every facade to paste into a giant scrapbook for future reference. Instead, I took a few thousand photos to document some of my favourite artworks and shopfronts. Here are a few snaps taken on the streets of George Town, Penang.

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2 comments on “Street Art and Five-Foot Ways: Penang in Pictures

  1. So beautiful! I plan on taking the train from Surat Thani down to Penang myself– not at all as long as your guys’ trip but if I had to choose between a Thai train and a Thai bus, I’d still pick the train!

    • Emily Lush

      That sounds great, Ashley! I agree – I’m definitely a train person. Enjoy the journey!

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