Secret Bars and Street Art

Boha Glass’s Modern Asia Expedition

As some of you could know, Boha is on tour in Asia at the second, searching for up-and-coming artists, across a broad array of creative fields.  From nearby pottery to stone-carved smiling Buddha statues, mosaic-rimmed mirrors to superbly embroidered traditional garments, and a great deal additional aside from.

After arriving in Kuala Lumpur, we heard about the key bars that dotted the town and designed a plan to attempt and find as quite a few as possible – purely for exploration uses of program (cough!).

We located ourselves ringing doorbells in weird alleyways, slipping by way of backpacker hostels with sleepy, baffled, just-off-the-airplane friends, stood in their home doorway, wanting to know why neatly dressed people today were being wandering the corridors outside the house their area at 1 am. We climbed dim, spiral staircases – concealed at the back of active dining places and this a single was the most effective of all…

From the exterior, it appeared like a usual outdated avenue shop, with the only clue being the identify of the bar (PS150) sprayed in black graffiti paint on the aspect of the wall. We walked back and forth along the street, considering Google experienced provided us duff facts prior to we hesitantly tried out the door for the first time. It went on a good deal even more than wherever Anna was sitting and the cocktails were being excellent!

We finished up stumbling property (the pavements have been in a pretty very poor state of restore 😉 ) to our lodge in the wee hrs of the early morning, thoroughly emotion that we had experienced a truly adventurous night!

Road Art – Penang and KL

A minor further up the coast is the fantastic outdated UNESCO heritage town of Penang. In the heart of old George City, the area is abuzz with some excellent road artwork. It all commenced in 2012 when Lithuanian-born nearby resident Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to brighten up the city’s fading facades with artwork depicting the lives of locals. Due to the fact then, a lot more artists have additional their individual mark to produce some vibrant road art that unquestionably enlivens the city’s old Stucco walls.

Street Art Malaysia

To see all the artwork is a little bit of a schlep, primarily in the roaring warmth of July, but we managed to drag ourselves all over to see a sizeable portion of the art (while perspiring profusely). Often, you would walk a pair of clicks, only to be greeted with a mural so faded that it was challenging to discern what it initially was. But, most of the time it was properly really worth it, and some were being very shut to a bar, so we experienced a superior justification to ‘cool off’ beneath the lovers on the shaded verandas just after utilizing up some major shoe leather.

Street Art Malaysia

Together with Thailand, Bali, Singapore and Vietnam, Malaysia was not our favorite place, but the secret bars and the street art produced our time there rather enjoyable. 

If you are preparing your own experience to Malaysia, we would unquestionably advocate KL, Penang and Melaka. Just be certain to check out the street art in all 3 cities and see how quite a few solution bars you can uncover in KL!

Street Art Malaysia

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