I recently found myself, like many others in my position, having to make a visit to Penang in Malaysia to apply for a visa to stay in Thailand.
My stay was short but I made sure to head out with my camera to capture some of the infamous street art that appears on the walls of the now UNESCO Heritage Site status city of Georgetown.
A handy map can be downloaded here to help guide you to the different pieces that now sprawl across the main town area of the island.
It was really cool to actually see something interesting on what could have been a pretty boring visa run. So if you find yourself heading to Penang any time soon, I highly recommend seeking out some of the art that can be found on the streets.
The majority of the work can be found very close to Little India too, so you can get yourself an authentic curry and an amazing samosa while you’re at it – I highly recommend that too!
As I made the journey across Bangkok from Suvarnaphumi to Don Muang airport, I pressed my forehead against the tinted glass of the bus window and took in the sights that the city has to offer as we travelled along the overpass.
At one point I saw a few miles of lonely concrete pillars holding nothing, an unfinished project of some sorts that looked like it had been there for a while in limbo between construction and completion.
It turns our that these pillars are the remainder of an attempted project to build a trainline from BKK city centre to Don Muang airport that failed following corruption and financial ruin. What I couldn’t see from my vantage point was that these concrete gravestones have become canvasses for street artists over the years, and quite a collection of graffiti is now there for all to see, and it is a bit of an urban tourist landmark.
If you are interested in taking a look for yourself, you’d better hurry – these are due to be demolished soon to make way for a new railway. Or you can just check out this article on Coconuts Bangkok for more information and a slideshow of some of the artwork.
I wish I had known about this, I would have loved to have a look for myself.
Photo source: Coconuts Bangkok. Photo: Kajonsak Intarapong