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Quick Guide To Ipoh Street Art You Don’t Wanna Miss

Updated: Mar 25



Ipoh has its share of street art that are attractive reminders of the past.


And going on foot in Ipoh Old Town and Ipoh New Town is the best way to admire these murals. It’ll be a sweaty endeavour but there are murals within walking distance from each other.


Here’s what you need to know if you want to see as many street art as possible. Or at least the notable ones.


Murals By Ernest Zacharevic


After many years, Ernest Zacharevic (famous Lithuanian artist based in Penang) has once again come to Ipoh - this time to refresh his original paintings around Ipoh Old Town.


The paintings now look as good as they did from day 1. Although some have been removed due to developments around town.


One of the paintings that you can no longer see is the row of ikat tepi that used to be on one side of a private car park.


If you’re planning to go for the heritage walk in Ipoh, you’ll see a good number of paintings by Ernest Zacharevic.


  • Old man with coffee cup – close to the Tourist Information Center in Ipoh


Mural Of An Old Uncle And Coffee At Ipoh Old Town
Mural Of An Old Uncle And Coffee At Ipoh Old Town
  • Kids riding a paper airplane – on the side of the building where Cold Blue Specialty Coffee café is


Mural Of Kids Riding A Paper Plane In Ipoh Old Town
Mural Of Kids Riding A Paper Plane In Ipoh Old Town
  • Man With A Trishaw Of Garbage Bags – at one end of Market Lane


Trishaw Mural In Ipoh
Trishaw Mural In Ipoh
  • Tin Dredge – On the side of Ho Yan Hor Museum


Mural Named Evolution At The Side Of Ho Yan Hor Museum In Ipoh Old Town
Mural Named Evolution At The Side Of Ho Yan Hor Museum In Ipoh Old Town

Besides the famous murals by Ernest Zacharevic, there are other street art to see around the touristy areas like Concubine Lane.


  • Idling shopkeeper – not far from the Tin Dredge mural by Ernest Zacharevic

  • Tree of assorted fruit – close to BluezChic Café, on Hale Lane

  • Motorcyclist and kids – also down Hale Lane

  • Kids jumping up and down – at Market Lane

  • Tin miners – at the back of the Ipoh Old Town White Coffee (Ipoh Padang branch)


Colorful Mural By OCBC Bank In Ipoh Old Town
Colorful Mural By OCBC Bank In Ipoh Old Town

Murals By Eric Lai


A local art teacher has also made his mark around town and he and his students are credited for Mural Arts’ Lane.


This is a quiet area in Ipoh New Town where you can see a lot of murals in one visit. It is free to access, and you can stay for as long as you can bear the heat.



The paintings here are more vibrant and colorful than the ones by Ernest Zacharevic.


Some are of random subjects while others depict different cultures, traditions, environmental awareness, and festivals in Malaysia.



Conclusion


Keep your eyes peeled and you can see a lot more street art around Ipoh than we have listed here.


Hunting for street art is one of the things you can do when you’re in Ipoh after all! It’s an activity that the whole family can join in too.


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