July 14, 2024


It Could Be Art

Secret Bars and Street Art

Secret Bars and Street Art

Boha Glass’s Modern Asia Expedition

As some of you could possibly know, Boha is on tour in Asia at the second, on the lookout for up-and-coming artists, throughout a wide array of creative fields.  From area pottery to stone-carved smiling Buddha statues, mosaic-rimmed mirrors to beautifully embroidered traditional apparel, and much much more moreover.

Just after arriving in Kuala Lumpur, we read about the secret bars that dotted the city and made a system to try out and uncover as numerous as doable – purely for research functions of program (cough!).

We observed ourselves ringing doorbells in odd alleyways, slipping as a result of backpacker hostels with sleepy, puzzled, just-off-the-airplane guests, stood in their space doorway, thinking why neatly dressed folks have been wandering the corridors outdoors their area at 1 am. We climbed dim, spiral staircases – concealed at the back of chaotic dining places and this one particular was the finest of all…


From the outside the house, it looked like a typical old avenue shop, with the only clue remaining the name of the bar (PS150) sprayed in black graffiti paint on the aspect of the wall. We walked back and forth along the street, imagining Google had given us duff information ahead of we hesitantly tried out the doorway for the 1st time. It went on a great deal even more than in which Anna was sitting and the cocktails ended up superb!

We finished up stumbling house (the pavements ended up in a quite bad condition of repair 😉 ) to our lodge in the wee several hours of the early morning, comprehensively sensation that we experienced experienced a genuinely adventurous evening!

Street Artwork – Penang and KL

A small even more up the coastline is the great outdated UNESCO heritage town of Penang. In the coronary heart of outdated George Town, the put is abuzz with some fantastic avenue art. It all began in 2012 when Lithuanian-born regional resident Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to brighten up the city’s fading facades with artwork depicting the life of locals. Since then, a lot more artists have added their very own mark to generate some vibrant street art that absolutely enlivens the city’s aged Stucco walls.

Street Art Malaysia

To see all the artwork is a bit of a schlep, particularly in the roaring heat of July, but we managed to drag ourselves all around to see a sizeable part of the art (though perspiring profusely). Occasionally, you would walk a couple of clicks, only to be greeted with a mural so faded that it was really hard to discern what it originally was. But, most of the time it was well really worth it, and some had been extremely near to a bar, so we experienced a great excuse to ‘cool off’ underneath the fans on the shaded verandas immediately after working with up some critical shoe leather.

Street Art Malaysia

Like Thailand, Bali, Singapore and Vietnam, Malaysia was not our favourite destination, but the mystery bars and the road artwork designed our time there really fulfilling. 

If you are setting up your possess experience to Malaysia, we would certainly advocate KL, Penang and Melaka. Just be confident to test out the road artwork in all a few towns and see how lots of magic formula bars you can uncover in KL!

Street Art Malaysia