Located at the famous tin mining area, Kinta Valley, Ipoh is the capital city of Perak State in Malaysia. From its inception as a small village in 1870’s, the tin mine industry brought in Chinese and Indian population which boosted the town’s development since 1890’s.
Cozy and intimate, nowadays Ipoh is widely known for its heritage and delicious food. Adding to its recent popularity is a series of stunning mural artwork encapsulating the spirit of this small town.
Here is a look at some of the iconic mural artwork gracing the old charming walls across Ipoh.
MURALS BY ERNEST ZACHAREVIC
The artist who is responsible for some of the most creative mural artwork in Penang, Ernest Zacharevic does an equally brilliant job of immortalizing the essence of Ipoh through his wall art. What started off as a collaboration between the Lithuanian artist and homegrown kopitiam chain Old Town White Coffee in a project called “The Art of Old Town,” added to the brilliant appeal of Ipoh.
OLD UNCLE WITH COFFEE CUP
Location: Jalan Dato Maharajalela Road
Description: As the birthplace of white coffee, undoubtedly there must be a huge mural in Ipoh dedicated to this famed drink. And what better place than for it to be painted on the wall of the famous franchise OldTown White Coffee eatery? Facing the Ipoh Field, this mural shows a huge portrait of an elderly uncle drinking coffee.
Location: Jalan Sheikh Adam road
Description: Another ingenious artwork by Ernest Zacharevic, this mural shows 2 children flying off on a paper plane.
Location: Jalan Panglima road
Description: Incorporating surrounding elements, this brilliant mural with a hint of blue background, depicts a hummingbird hovering close by an actual tree.
Tin Mining Town
Location: Jalan Bijeh Timah road
Description: Around 19th century, Ipoh developed into one of Malaysia’s main cities due to its thriving tin industry. With only shades of black and grey painted in Chinese-style, this mural pays homage to Ipoh’s evolution from a tin-mining town back in the colonial days.
Location: Jalan Tun Sambathan road
Description: An iconic part of Ipoh and Malaysia in general, drinking “kopi” (black coffee) from a simple plastic bag with a Nylon string for hanging and straw for sipping is celebrated here in this mural by Ernest Zacharevic.
Location: Jalan Bandar Timah road
Description: Another creative mural integrating neighboring objects, this artwork illustrates a small girl reaching up for a birdcage by balancing on top of a real wooden stool.
Location: Narrow Road off Jalan Bijeh Timah
Description: The final Ipoh mural by Ernest Zacharevic depicts a man loading cardboard box and black plastic bags on top of a trishaw.
Ipoh Mural Arts Lane
Another series of imaginative artwork is thanks to the founder of art school “Artgene Studio”, Mr. Eric Lai, a local art teacher and his art students. In an effort to preserve old, heritage buildings, these paintings showcase the multitude of cultures that Malaysia is home to, from lion dance to Indian dance. Vibrant and colorful, these popular artwork are popular not only among the local community but also tourists.
Location: Lane in between Jalan Masjid and Jalan Sultan Iskandar