The street art and murals around Singapore tell the story of the island’s heritage, past and present.
Wander through the streets and alleyways of this sunny city-state, and you may just come across scenes depicting moments of historical and cultural significance in Singapore. We’ve rounded up 16 such spots where you can find cool street art, murals and graffiti walls in Singapore.
Tip: Certain murals change over time, as different artists leave their mark, so you’ll have to go back to check out new masterpieces!
1. Jalan Besar
Commissioned by Guinness Singapore, the artworks are loud and brash, incorporating the iconic red-tongued dog on Guinness’ label, as well as local subjects such as the red plastic chairs in kopitiams and kueh tutu. The mural also has the words “Ang Ji Gao”, meaning “red-tongued dog” in Hokkien, a common term local Chinese men use to refer to the beverage.
Address: 254 Jalan Besar, 208927
2. Joo Chiat Terrace
This mural, featuring two children play-fighting with a paint roller and a mop dipped in paint, was done by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic, the same artist behind the lively street art in the heritage city Georgetown, Penang!
Address: Junction of Joo Chiat Terrace and Everitt Road
3. The Singapura Club
Although the 15-metre high man in a turban is the most eye-catching character on the wall, the mural features other subjects, such as closeup faces of a Samsui woman as well as a Malay man. These elderly and historic characters reflect the heritage of the neighbourhood. Jerry Singh, owner of The Singapura Club, estimates that between 100 and 200 photos are taken of it every day. He also gets many queries from tourists and locals about the mural.
Address: 26 Haji Lane, The Singapura Club, 189219
Created by 500 volunteers from accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers together with 100 Kreta Ayer residents as part of a charity initiative, this set of 13 murals feature Chinatown’s heritage and modern-day scenes.
Addresses: 4 Sago Lane, 5 Banda St., and 333 Kreta Ayer Rd.
5. Aliwal Arts Centre
At the back of Aliwal Arts Centre is a wall of street art that changes every one to six months. How often the graffiti art is renewed is an organic process and depends on artists’ schedules and inspiration!
Address: 28 Aliwal St., Aliwal Arts Centre, 199918
The murals at Skyville@Dawson by comic artist Troy Chin (pictured) have the simplicity of woodcut prints, and are themed around life in the Queenstown area from its kampung times such as fishing in the canal to present-day places that people remember in stories and memories.
Address: 86 Dawson Rd., Skyville@Dawson, 141086
7. Tiong Bharu
In 2014, artist Ernest Goh created three murals at the Tiong Bahru Market for the Chinese Year of the Goat. These billy goat paintings continue his animal-inspired series – you’ll also find a goldfish near the Tiong Bahru Post Office
Address: 30 Seng Poh Rd., 168898
8. Everton Park
On the walls along the alleys of Everton Road you will find a series of street art painted by street artist Yip Yew Chong depicting the Kampung Days of Singapore. Want to know more about the Everton Road vicinity? Check out our guide to Everton Park.
Address: Multiple locations
9. Little India
While strolling along Little India, don’t forget to look up to check out the beautiful black and white flying flowers and petals street art on Kerbau Road by visual artist Farizwan Fajari (who also goes by Speak Cryptic). His works are inspired by his observations of the current affairs in Singapore. You’ll find lots of street art in the surrounding Little India vicinity as a whole.
Address: 60 Kerbau Rd., 219184
10. Haji Lane
Possibly one of the most famous works of street art on Haji Lane, this elaborate work of art inspired by the Aztec people of Mexico, was commissioned by the owner of a Mexican Restaurant in the vicinity called Piedra Negra. The mural was created by Didier Jaba Mathieu a Colombian-born street artist, who is responsible for many of the other beautiful murals along Haji Lane.
Address: Piedra Negra, Junction of Ophir Rd., and Beach Rd.,
11. Outram Park
Bangkok street artist Patcharapol Tangruen, who also goes by Alex Face, created this cute street mural with his signature bunny like creatures. The duo of rabbits are dressed in costumes traditional to cultures in Singapore like the Chinese cheongsam and the Nonya kebaya.
Address: 64 Spottiswoode Park Rd., Outram Park, 088652
12. Neil Road
89 Neil Road now houses a Shake Shack, which also happens to be adorned with a striking mural by local artist Sam Lo. It features a Peranakan tile motif that you can see on many of the shophouses in the surrounding area.
Address: 89 Neil Rd., 088849
13. Dunlop Street
This mural entitled “Vilakku bb” depicts the traditional lighting of an oil lamp in Hindu religious ceremonies. Visual Artist Mithra Jeevanathan created landscape that is inspired by the colours that are used in Kolam-making (traditional floor drawings usually made of coloured rice flour) and the oil lamp (Villaku) symbolises hope of putting colour back to life in these rather dreary times.
Address: 50 Dunlop St., 209379
14. Chander Road
The beautiful jasmine flower mural that winds around the corner and into an alleyway off 13 Chandar Road will lead you to a beautiful tribute to Singapore’s migrant workers by artist Nadiah Alsagoff, entitled “Madan Mogra, Jasmine of the City”.
Address:13 Chander Rd.
15. Armenian Street
Entitled “Rasa Sayang”, this mural was designed by Lab Six Five for the National Heritage Board to celebrate the reopening of Armenian Street. The beautiful pastel motifs depict a surreal look into the traditional shophouses.
Address: Armenian Street
16. Goh Loo Club
Here a Samsui woman “peels away” the wall to reveal a historic scene in the three-storey shophouse. The mural works like a cross section of a dollhouse. Looking in, one can see genteel, old-fashioned rooms decorated with lanterns, paintings and elaborate Chinese window screens, as well as men in long Chinese tunics and Western suits. This is much like what Goh Loo Club was like in the early days when it was a place where the local Chinese community and visiting dignitaries gathered.
Address: 72 Club St., Goh Loo Club, 069471
Originally by Nabilah Said, The Straits Times, November 2016 / Last updated + additional reporting by K Praveena
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