Saturday, March 28, 2015

Penang street art @ Armenian St

Armenian Street, or Lebuh Armenian, is a street in the inner city of George Town and within the core zone of the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site. It derives its name from an Armenian family who once stayed at the junction of the now Armenian Street and Beach Street in the early part of the 19th century. The street is the venue of the weekly Armenian Street Fair.


Armenians arrived in Penang by way of India. By 1822, they had established their church, the Armenian Church of St Gregory, which was located where Bangunan Mayban Trust is standing today. It was some eleven years older than the Armenian Church of St Gregory in Singapore. However the church was demolished around 1937, by which time most of the Armenians had packed up and left Penang.

“Reaching Up” Mural, Cannon Street, George Town, Penang

“Little Children on a Bicycle” Mural, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang

In conjuction with Penang’s Georgetown Festival, certain old walls within our dear capital has gained a new lease of life, thanks to the awesome efforts of Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic.

Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic is leaving his mark with beautiful wall painting of children all across historical Georgetown. The artworks are funny, fascinating, and very much open to everyone’s interpretations.


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