Secret Bars and Street Art

Boha Glass’s New Asia Expedition

As some of you might know, Boha is on tour in Asia at the moment, looking for up-and-coming artists, throughout a huge array of creative fields.  From area pottery to stone-carved smiling Buddha statues, mosaic-rimmed mirrors to fantastically embroidered traditional outfits, and much additional apart from.

Immediately after arriving in Kuala Lumpur, we listened to about the secret bars that dotted the town and produced a prepare to attempt and find as quite a few as probable – purely for analysis needs of system (cough!).

We observed ourselves ringing doorbells in unusual alleyways, slipping by way of backpacker hostels with sleepy, baffled, just-off-the-plane attendees, stood in their space doorway, pondering why well dressed people were being wandering the corridors outside the house their home at 1 am. We climbed dark, spiral staircases – hidden at the back again of chaotic dining places and this a single was the most effective of all…

From the outside, it looked like a regular aged road shop, with the only clue becoming the identify of the bar (PS150) sprayed in black graffiti paint on the facet of the wall. We walked back again and forth along the road, contemplating Google had presented us duff info in advance of we hesitantly tried using the doorway for the initial time. It went on a lot more than the place Anna was sitting down and the cocktails were being excellent!

We finished up stumbling home (the pavements had been in a extremely bad condition of fix 😉 ) to our hotel in the wee hrs of the early morning, comprehensively experience that we had had a seriously adventurous night!


Street Art – Penang and KL

A tiny even more up the coast is the fantastic aged UNESCO heritage city of Penang. In the coronary heart of previous George Town, the put is abuzz with some fantastic street artwork. It all began in 2012 when Lithuanian-born local resident Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to brighten up the city’s fading facades with artwork depicting the life of locals. Considering that then, far more artists have included their own mark to develop some lively road art that certainly enlivens the city’s previous Stucco walls.

Street Art Malaysia

To see all the artwork is a bit of a schlep, specially in the roaring heat of July, but we managed to drag ourselves close to to see a sizeable part of the art (though perspiring profusely). At times, you would walk a couple of clicks, only to be greeted with a mural so light that it was really hard to discern what it at first was. But, most of the time it was perfectly worth it, and some had been very shut to a bar, so we experienced a superior excuse to ‘cool off’ beneath the followers on the shaded verandas following employing up some critical shoe leather.

Street Art Malaysia

Like Thailand, Bali, Singapore and Vietnam, Malaysia was not our favourite destination, but the magic formula bars and the street artwork made our time there fairly fulfilling. 

If you are setting up your individual experience to Malaysia, we would absolutely propose KL, Penang and Melaka. Just be certain to test out the road art in all 3 cities and see how several magic formula bars you can uncover in KL!

Street Art Malaysia

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