Melaka Street Art Guide: Colourful Murals in Malaysia

Melaka street art

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After seeing the colourful murals in George Town, Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur, I was pleased to find even more amazing street art in Melaka!

In the last couple of years, the street art scene has blown up in Malaysia. A big factor was Lithuanian artist Ernest Zachareviv who completed work for the George Town Festival back in 2012. I don’t believe any of his work is in Melaka but his influence seems to have started a trend.

MELAKA ESSENTIALS

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Getting there: flight, bus, train (12GoAsia)

Accommodation: Hotels on Booking.com // hostels on Hostelworld

Tours: GetYourGuide / Viator

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When I visited Melaka in 2015, I didn’t see any street art. Lots has popped up in the last few years, making the pretty city even prettier. Even if you’re not an urban art fan, include Melaka in your Malaysia itinerary!

Because the city centre is so small, it’s easy to find the pieces without having to walk too far. Head to these stops for the best bits:

Kiehl’s Mural

Vibrant urban art Melaka
Jumping at the Kiehls Wall Melaka

How awesome is this Melaka street art? In celebration of the 5 UNESCO Heritage sites in Malaysia, Kiehl’s created this colourful mural with help from street artist, fritilldea. It turned out so well that you’ll struggle to get it to yourself unless you visit early in the morning like I did.

You can’t really miss it but I’ve pinned its location here anyway.

The Orangutan House

Orangutan house Melaka

If you’ve found the Kiehl’s Wall, you’ve also found the Orangutan House which is right next door. As well as housing some of the best street art in Melaka, this building is also a gallery and t-shirt store run by a local artist.

Check out the Orangutan House shop here and the street art location here. I passed by this mural every day in Melaka and I miss seeing it!

Melaka Street Art (The Well)

Man at work street art Melaka

Follow Google Maps to Melaka Street Art (The Well) and you’ll find one of the coolest displays of street art in Malaysia. Unlike the bold, colourful designs around the corner, these quirky pieces of art are lifelike and realistic.

This alleyway reminds me of the street art in George Town where you’ll see countless scenes from daily life. Here, women in headscarves look out of windows, children play, and men are hard at work. Rather than glamorising life, this street art tells the stories of real people. Always the best stories in my opinion!

Street art women opening shutters Melaka
Street art of worker in Melaka
Animal street art Melaka
Orangutan street art Melaka
Street art children Melaka
Street art of a man in Melaka Malaysia
Street art of a child in Melaka

On the corner

While entering and exiting the street art alley above, you can’t miss the colourful street art on Jalan Hang Kasturi. The gorgeous flowers and women peeping out from behind the branches are some of the prettiest pieces of street art in Melaka.

Flower street art Melaka
Street art on the corner Melaka

A little further down Jalan Hang Kasturi, before you meet Jalan Kampung Pantai, you’ll see this lovely image of two horses.

horse street art Melaka

Street art on the river

Don’t leave Melaka without taking a stroll down the river, firstly because it’s a scenic way to spend an afternoon, and secondly because you’ll see more Melaka street art!

Street art along the river Melaka

Along the river, bright and beautiful street art murals give facelifts to old warehouse buildings. Malaysian women from all religions are shown in the enormous images, representing the multi-ethnic groups living in the country. Gorgeous!

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See you next time for more adventures,

Rose

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