Malaysia

Malacca (Melaka) Street Art: Photo Essay

Malacca (Melaka) and George Town are two historic cities along Peninsular Malaysia that have been jointly World Heritage listed for their unique architectural and cultural townscape, the result of 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West. George Town is also rightly famous for its delightful street art, including stand out pieces by Ernest Zacharevic. However, while the street art in Malacca may be less well known, the city is also home to a multitude of delightful artworks.

There’s a wealth of murals along the river cutting through the city, observable from either a river cruise or the public path along both sides of the river (a great walk to do in the late afternoon). More artworks can be found in the laneways cutting through the old town near Jonker Street. And the newly opened Nomaps Malacca flashpacker hostel where I stayed has some great pieces by Kenji Chai decorating its walls.

Come for a wander…

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Street life scenes on the laneways in between Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat) and Jalan Kampung Hulu

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A money changer on the laneways in between Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat) and Jalan Kampung Hulu

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Which window is real? Laneways in between Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat) and Jalan Kampung Hulu

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Orangutans on the laneways in between Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat) and Jalan Kampung Hulu

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Is that a window? Laneways in between Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat) and Jalan Kampung Hulu

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Remembering an old well. The laneways in between Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat) and Jalan Kampung Hulu

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On Jalan Kampung Hulu

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View from the river cruise

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Close up of the same building on Jalan Tukang Emas next to the river

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View from the river cruise

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More historical scenes visible from the river cruise

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View from the river cruise. Feeling hungry for dinner now!

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Close-up walking along the river

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Remembering the Chinese heritage of Malacca. Close-up walking along the river

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Close-up walking along the river

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Fighting scenes found along the river

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Close-up walking along the river

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Looking across the river

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Looking across the river

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Exterior of Orangutan House (offering original T-shirts), on the corner of Jalan Tukang Besi and Lorong Hang Jebat

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Kitchen of Nomaps Malacca flashpacker hostel, mural by Kenji Chai

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Interior courtyard of Nomaps Malacca flashpacker hostel, mural by Kenji Chai

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Close-up of a Kenji Chai mural in Nomaps Malacca flashpacker hostel

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Doorway on Heeren St (Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock), almost opposite Nomaps Malacca

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Outside the Belgian restaurant, Belge Cafe, on Heeren St (Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock)

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Exterior of Heeren House, next to the river

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