July 24, 2024


Life is art

Secret Bars and Street Art

Boha Glass’s Latest Asia Expedition

As some of you may possibly know, Boha is on tour in Asia at the instant, hunting for up-and-coming artists, across a wide array of inventive fields.  From regional pottery to stone-carved smiling Buddha statues, mosaic-rimmed mirrors to superbly embroidered standard garments, and a great deal far more besides.

Just after arriving in Kuala Lumpur, we listened to about the secret bars that dotted the town and built a strategy to test and find out as many as possible – purely for investigate applications of course (cough!).

We discovered ourselves ringing doorbells in strange alleyways, slipping via backpacker hostels with sleepy, puzzled, just-off-the-plane attendees, stood in their area doorway, asking yourself why smartly dressed persons were being wandering the corridors outdoors their place at 1 am. We climbed dark, spiral staircases – concealed at the back again of fast paced places to eat and this one was the best of all…


From the outdoors, it seemed like a usual previous road store, with the only clue remaining the identify of the bar (PS150) sprayed in black graffiti paint on the side of the wall. We walked again and forth along the avenue, wondering Google experienced provided us duff data ahead of we hesitantly attempted the door for the very first time. It went on a lot even more than in which Anna was sitting and the cocktails were fantastic!

We finished up stumbling residence (the pavements had been in a very weak state of repair 😉 ) to our resort in the wee hrs of the morning, comprehensively experience that we experienced experienced a genuinely adventurous evening!

Avenue Artwork – Penang and KL

A tiny further up the coast is the fine old UNESCO heritage city of Penang. In the coronary heart of outdated George City, the position is abuzz with some excellent road art. It all began in 2012 when Lithuanian-born regional resident Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to brighten up the city’s fading facades with art depicting the lives of locals. Because then, much more artists have included their have mark to create some lively road art that definitely enlivens the city’s outdated Stucco walls.

Street Art Malaysia

To see all the art is a bit of a schlep, primarily in the roaring heat of July, but we managed to drag ourselves close to to see a sizeable portion of the art (although perspiring profusely). From time to time, you would wander a couple of clicks, only to be greeted with a mural so faded that it was difficult to discern what it originally was. But, most of the time it was properly well worth it, and some have been very near to a bar, so we experienced a good justification to ‘cool off’ beneath the enthusiasts on the shaded verandas just after applying up some really serious shoe leather.

Street Art Malaysia

Which include Thailand, Bali, Singapore and Vietnam, Malaysia was not our favourite vacation spot, but the top secret bars and the avenue art created our time there fairly satisfying. 

If you are organizing your very own experience to Malaysia, we would surely advocate KL, Penang and Melaka. Just be sure to look at out the avenue artwork in all 3 towns and see how a lot of top secret bars you can uncover in KL!

Street Art Malaysia