Where to Find Incredible Street Art in Ipoh, Malaysia

by Jackie
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Two cute bunny shaped dim sum artwork in Ipoh's Mural Art Lane

We’ve been fascinated by street art and mural artwork whenever we travel to Malaysia. 

While Penang is known for some of the best street art, Ipoh has a wide array of vibrant street art that rivals Penang. 

Ipoh’s street art is commissioned by local artists such as Eric Lai and international artists such as Ernest Zacharevic (who also created artwork in Penang). We had a fantastic time seeing the storytelling of local Malaysian life through colorful art.    

In this guide, we’re sharing where to find street art and murals in Ipoh. You can easily walk around Old Town and New Town to find the artwork and discover these gems. 

Also, visiting these murals is free, so it’s a budget-friendly activity to do in Ipoh. 

So, let’s wear comfy walking shoes and start exploring!

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What is the Best Way to Find the Street Art in Ipoh?

During our 3 days in Ipoh, we walked around Old Town and New Town to find murals and used Google Maps to find any notable works to check out. 

Normally we like to plan which destinations to see, but for the street art, we didn’t have a specific plan. We took the low-key approach to walk around to see what popped out. 

Once we returned home, we heard about an official Ipoh Street Art Trail created by the Ipoh Tourist Centre. You can pick up a hard copy at the Tourist Information Centre in Old Town. Click here to location on a map. So, if you’re interested, you can visit the information center and get a map.


Map 

Pinned places of street art locations in Ipoh, Malaysia

Click on a map to see a larger view of the Ipoh’s mural locations. Credit: Map data: Google


Places to See Street Art in Ipoh Old Town

1. Concubine Lane

Concubine Lane is currently known as Panglima Lane. 

This street was formally the main housing area for wealthy tin mining owners’ concubines. It was a notorious area for opium, gambling, and brothels. 

Now, Concubine Lane is a bustling street that sells souvenirs and snacks, such as fruit on a stick, giant ice cream sundaes, and souvenirs. 

The famous street art, located near the entrance of Concubine Lane, is an older man with a concubine and enjoying a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, we don’t know the artist of this art.

A mural art on Ipoh Concubine Lane of a man and concubine drinking coffee

You’ll see this street art at the start of Concubine Lane

Note: Concubine Lane is narrow and crowded with people. It’s best to come here early in the morning or off-hours with the fewer crowds. 

Location: Concubine Lane, 30000 Ipoh


2. Market Lane

Market Lane, also known as Second Concubine Lane, is one of the major historical streets in Old Town and nearby Concubine Lane. 

One of the main highlights of Market Street is the vibrant, colorful overhead umbrellas and colorful ribbons dangling in the air. It’s a pretty place to take photos, especially if you like to take photos of umbrella streets around the world.  

The artwork on Market Street includes a wall of conical umbrellas and artwork on the ground. We loved the Pacman and Nintendo art. 

A wall of colorful conical hats in Ipoh, Malaysia Market Street in Ipoh has fun street art such as Pac Man and colorful overhead umbrellas

Location: Market Lane, 30000 Ipoh


3. Art by SMJK Sam Tet, Homesoy, and Vilmedia on Jalan Bijeh Timah

Located at the intersection of Market and Bijeh Timah, we saw a mural of a woman and a man enjoying a beverage. 

What is amazing about this art is that students from SMJK Sam Tet painted it. 

This artwork was a collaboration by SMJK Sam Tet School, Homesoy, and Vilmedia. The goal was to inspire the younger generation with the arts. 

An older woman and a man street art in Ipoh

This artwork had a collaboration with SMJK Sam Tet, Home Soy, and Vilmedia

Two murals in Penang also had the same collaboration with the local students, Homesoy, and Vilmedia. Learn more about the collaboration here. 

Location: Jalan Bijeh Timah & Jalan Market, Ipoh


4. Kedai Sin Ma on Jalan Panglima

Yip Yew Chong is a Singaporean artist who creates artwork based on everyday stories and the local community. 

Many of his artworks are on display in Singapore’s Chinatown, Little India, and other locations, yet there is one in Ipoh to check out. 

Created in August 2017, Kedai Sin Ma depicts a man relaxing at a storefront selling pomelo, lanterns, and flower garlands. This store sells everything made in Singapore and Malaysia. So, it’s a great reminder to support your local stores. 

A wall art of a man selling pomelo and decorations in Ipoh

This street art is called Kedai Sin Ma. Artwork created by Yip Yew Chong

Location: Side wall of 51, Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh


5. The Sleeping Tapir on Jalan Bijeh Timah

The artist, Drewfunk, created one of the most adorable street art in 2022

It’s a sleepy tapir next to a pink hibiscus plant with the tagline, “Dreaming for a Better Malaysia.” 

We like the positivity, so we’re happy to have found this one during our walk. 

A sleeping tapir next to a pot of hibiscus wall art in Ipoh, Malaysia

This artwork is titled, The Sleeping Tapir. Artwork created by Drewfunk

Location: Side of Sinhalese Bar, 2, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh


6. Old Uncle Drinking Coffee on Jalan Tun Sambanthan 

Old Uncle Drinking Coffee is a popular street art to check out in Ipoh

It’s about an old man enjoying a cup of coffee, so it’s appropriately located on the side of the famous Old Town White Coffee building. 

Created by Ernest Zacharevic, a Lithuanian artist, Old Uncle Drinking Coffee is one of the 7 artworks that he was commissioned to create in 2014. 

A street art of an old man drinking coffee in Ipoh, Malaysia

Here is the Old Uncle Drinking Coffee mural. Artwork created by Ernest Zacharevic

Once you see the artwork, we recommend that you stop by for drinks and food at Old Town White Coffee. We shared a large iced white coffee and a regular-size pandan oolong tea. They were the perfect drinks to enjoy on a hot and humid afternoon. 

This artwork is called Ipoh Mural Number 1 on Google Maps. 

Location: Side of Old Town White Coffee Building, 19, 1, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 30000 Ipoh 


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7. Trishaw on Jalan Shala 

Ernest Zacharevic created another mural of a man loading garbage bags onto his trishaw and holding down the garbage bags by rope. 

What is neat about this mural is that there is a trishaw embedded in the wall to give a 3-D effect to the artwork. It’s similar to other work by Zacharevic in Penang. 

This art is referred to as Ipoh Mural – Old Town Relieves Nostalgia with Trishaw or Ipoh Mural Number 6 on Google Maps. 

A wall art of a man collecting garbage on his trishaw in Ipoh, Malaysia

This street art is titled, Trishaw. Artwork created by Ernest Zacharevic

Location: Jalan Shala, 30000 Ipoh


8. Paper Plane on Jalan Tun Sambanthan

We circled the building a few times to try and find the paper plane at eye level. But you’ll need to look up to see this wall art created by Ernest Zacharevic. 

The artwork has two children riding on a paper plane and it’s located on the upper left corner of the building. 

This art is referred to as Ipoh Mural Number 2 on Google Maps. It’s only one block away from the Old Uncle Drinking Coffee artwork. 

A wall art of two children riding a paper plane in Ipoh, Malaysia

This is the Paper Plane wall art. Artwork created by Ernest Zacharevic

Location: Corner of Jalan Tun Sambanthan & Jalan Sheikh Adam


9. Yellow Hummingbird on Jalan Panglima

Created by Ernest Zacharevic, this yellow hummingbird artwork is on an entire side wall of a light blue building. 

It’s referred to Ipoh Mural Number 4 on Google Maps. 

On our visit in October 2023, there was a wall of sheet metal surrounding the Hummingbird artwork and the dirt lot, so it was not easy to access. 

To take this photo, we squeezed our arms in an opening between the sheet metal. It’s not the safest thing to do, so be careful if you proceed. 

A blue wall with a faded hummingbird in Ipoh, Malaysia

This artwork is titled, Hummingbird, and it’s currently hidden behind a wall of sheet metal. Artwork created by Ernest Zacharevic

Location: Side of 37, Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh


10. Kopi-O on Jalan Tun Sumbathan

Here is another creation by Ernest Zacharevic. It’s referred to Ipoh Mural Number 3 on Google Maps and also “The Kopi-O Break.” 

This art has five plastic bags with a straw of kopi-o (black coffee with sugar) and different amounts of coffee in them. The plastic bag drink is what you see in Malaysian daily life for takeaway. 

We didn’t see this artwork as we didn’t realize it was across from the Hummingbird artwork. All we needed to do was turn our bodies 180 degrees. 

To be honest, it would be hard to see this artwork from the sidewalk due to the wall of sheet metal surrounding the empty lot. 

Check out photos of the street art on Zacharevic’s website here. 

Location: Across Hummingbird Art, 37, Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh


11. Evolution on Jalan Bijeb Timah (Not Recommended to Visit)

This wall art is located on the side wall of the Ho Yan Hor Museum. We randomly came across this artwork as we exited the Ho Yan Hor Museum. 

Created by Ernest Zacharevic and referred to as Ipoh Mural Number 5 on Google Maps, it’s a black-and-white artwork of the tin mining process. Ipoh was famous for the tin mining industry in the 1800s. 

To be honest, we recommend that you skip this street art. 

It’s in terrible condition as the paint has chipped off, so the art looks like it’s burned the building. Also, the artwork has a tape barrier in front of it as a warning. 

Hopefully, this artwork will be restored in the future! 

Dilapidated wall art of tin mining history in Ipoh, Malaysia

This mural is called Evolution, but it’s not in the best condition. Artwork created by Ernest Zacharevic

Location: Side of Ho Yan Hor Museum, 1, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh


NOTE: What about the 7th artwork by Ernest Zacharevic? It’s called Girl On A Wall In Bandar Timah, but we didn’t find it. When we checked the GPS coordinates (4.59691 N, 101.078152 E) on Google Maps, and couldn’t see any photos of the location. Therefore, we didn’t include it in this post.  


Ipoh New Town Street Art Spots

12. Mural Art’s Lane 

Visiting Mural Art’s Lane is a highlight of New Town and is a top tourist destination

There is a long stretch of artwork by local artists such as Eric Lai and others. This article explains Eric Lai’s reason for creating the mural lane and how it has enhanced the area. 

We absolutely loved this area due to the high concentration of artwork. With the variety of street art, you can easily spend time finding a favorite one and having a photo op with it.  

From the fun and adorable artwork such as circus animals and bunny-shaped dim sum (see the Featured Photo at the top of post) to artwork highlighting Malaysian people and culture, each one has its charm.   

Street art of Mural Art Lane with a cat with a moon on its forehead, shrimp, and a bowl of noodles in Ipoh

Jackie Szeto, Life Of Doing, stands next to the I Heart Ipoh street art

Do you heart Ipoh’s street art as much as we do? Photo credit: Life Of Doing

The quirky artwork such as human bodies with fish-heads are also conversation starters. There aren’t any explanations for the artwork so you’ll need to come up with your interpretation for the unique ones. 

Two human bodies with fish heads, one of the wall murals in Ipoh

This was an interesting wall art of fish head spirits. Artwork created by Eric Lai

Location: Jalan Masjid, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh


Demon Slayer Anime on Jalan Yang Kalsom

After eating some amazing tau fu fa at Big Mom Beancurd, we saw this cute wall art of Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba in Japanese) at the storefront of Taste Supreme restaurant. 

Demon Slayer is a popular anime and manga series from Japan. Learn more about the series here. 

You’ll see your favorite characters – Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke, and Nezuko – on this wall art. 

Street art at Taste Supreme restaurant of Demon Slayer characters in Ipoh

Are you a fan of the Demon Slayer anime or manga?

Location: Taste Supreme, 22-A, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Taman Jubilee, 31650 Ipoh


Final Thoughts

While there isn’t a set walking route to see Ipoh’s street art, we hope you had fun exploring these places. 

From everyday Malaysian lifestyle to anime characters, the wall art scene in Ipoh is memorable and changes often. Who knows what we’ll see in the upcoming months?! 

If you find some hidden gems not mentioned in this post, please let us know in the comments below. We’ll add them to our bucket list on a return trip. 

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Cute bunny dim sum street art on display at Mural Art Lane in Ipoh, Malaysia

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2 comments

Edmund February 6, 2024 - 2:21 pm

Hi Jackie,
What a wonderful story about Ipoh and it’s street art. We are currently staying for four days in Ipoh and must have missed you by one day. Staying in the Bedrock Hotel, a nice hotel very close to the Mural Art Lane and walking there every day. It takes some time to interpret the local murals coming from Europe. After a while they are telling wonderful stories. Take your time and don’t only click the shutter.
By coincidence we were able to watch Eric Lai painting his newest piece, a wonderful dragon.
Ipoh is still a hidden place in the world of traveling.

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Jackie February 6, 2024 - 4:46 pm

Hi Edmund – Thank you for sending a lovely comment about Ipoh’s street art. I’m so happy to hear that you’re exploring the street art and even see Eric Lai’s newest painting for the Year of the Dragon. I’m planning a return trip soon so I can’t wait to see it. Enjoy your time in Ipoh!

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