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Medley Alley
Photograph: Delfina Utomo

The best street art in Singapore

A virtual gallery of the best street art that brightens up our concrete jungle

By Sofiana Ramli, Cam Khalid, Eliza Juliet Tay and Dewi Nurjuwita
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There's more to this city than meets the eye. In between our shiny skyscrapers and towering metal cranes, there are plenty of Insta-worthy urban artworks that simply take our breath away. From the graffiti that’s hidden in plain sight to pieces that lurk away in the backstreets, there are still some things about our little city that might still surprise you. We pick fourteen of our favourite murals around town and curated them into a virtual gallery – so you can appreciate them from the comfort of your home. 

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Medley Alley
Medley Alley
Photograph: Delfina Utomo

Katong

Vibrant shophouses and the strong presence of Peranakan heritage is all around in Katong. If you're strolling along East Coast Road – en-route to ice cream parlour Birds of Paradise – remember to keep your eyes open. You might just spot this majestic mural at one of the small side laneways between two shophouses. Titled Medley Alley, this eclectic mural by Nicia Lam, Valerie Neo, Novena Angela and Yillish Lam resemble wings made of colourful tiles (a nod to iconic Peranakan tiles) that represent the metamorphosis between generations. 

107 East Coast Rd

Aliwal Street Art - Slacsatu
Aliwal Street Art - Slacsatu
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Aliwal Street

Amidst the heritage of Kampong Glam are modern additions to the colourful neighbourhood. A little way off Aliwal Arts Centre is a vibrant piece of wall art on the wall next to the side alley entrance of Aliwal Arts Centre. Part of the Aliwal Urban Arts Festival 2019, this alpha batik piece with loop colours is an eye-catching and breath-taking explosion of colour painted by Singaporean artist Slacsatu.

Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal St

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Art Porters
Art Porters
Photo: Ahmad Iskandar Photography

Art Porters

Well-known Bangkok doodler Patcharapol Tangruen – better known as Alex Face – and his signature bunny-like creatures have left their mark on charming Spottiswoode Park Road. The peculiar yet adorable-looking duo of rabbits here don traditional costumes, such as a changshan and nonya kebaya.

Along 64 Spottiswoode Park Rd, Outram Park.

Amoy Street, Yip Yew Cheong
Amoy Street, Yip Yew Cheong
Photograph: Ahmad Iskandar Photography

Amoy Street

Sketched by local artist Yip Yew Chong, the 40m-long colourful mural behind Thian Hock Keng temple stretches along Amoy Street. In it, Yip beautifully illustrates the early lives of Hokkien immigrants. The work features seven different panels, including drawings of a modern Chinese wedding ceremony and the bustling kampong days.

Opposite 92 Amoy St, Telok Ayer.

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Sam Lo
Sam Lo
Photograph: Fabian Loo

Neil Road

Good news for Shake Shack lovers: you can still get your juicy burgers and decadent shakes for delivery or takeaway. But 89 Neil Road is known for more than just that. The new outlet also features murals by local artist Sam Lo that are an ode to its culturally rich surrounds, inspired by motifs from around the neighbourhood. The most striking one, of course, can be found on the building's facade, depicting a bird and Chinese qilin alongside Malay roof eaves and colourful Peranakan tiling.

Outside Shake Shack, 89 Neil Road

Ann Siang Hill
Ann Siang Hill
Photo: Ahmad Iskandar Photography

Ann Siang Hill

Chinatown’s got one big cock. And it’s found on the corner of Ann Siang Hill. Hiding not-so-secretly behind a row of shophouses, the massive mural designed by Armenian-born street artist, Didier Jaba Mathieu, pays tribute to the feathered animal in the Chinese zodiac. 

On Ann Siang Hill, next to The Coconut Club, Chinatown.

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Jalan Besar Mural
Jalan Besar Mural
Photograph: Dewi Nurjuwita

Jalan Besar

On French Road in between HDB blocks in Jalan Besar, you'll find this mural featuring bullock carts and scenes from the now-defunct New World Amusement Park that used to be in Jalan Besar from the 20s to 60s. The mural was dreamt up by Social Creatives, a collective aiming to promote community art at HDB blocks around Singapore. 

Block 805 French Road

Haji Lane Street Art - Didier Jaba Mathieu
Haji Lane Street Art - Didier Jaba Mathieu
Photo: Didier Jaba Mathieu

Haji Lane

Haji Lane, one of Singapore’s most well-known streets famous for its quirky shops, artisanal cafes, is also lined with murals by some of the top street artists in Singapore. Check out the now completed mural “el lío” by Didier Jaba Mathieu at the back of Piedra Negra on the corner of Beach Road and Ophir Road. Jaba’s works impressive works line all over the area dating back to 2011.

Haji Lane

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Tiong Bahru

Amidst Tiong Bahru's hip cafes, restaurants, yoga studios, shops and bookstores are breathtaking street art. Tucked within its alleys is a couple of heritage murals by painter Yip Yew Chong, including Pasar and the Fortune Teller,Bird  Singing Corner and Home.

Blk 73 Eng Watt Street, Blk 71 Seng Poh Lane and Blk 74 between Tiong Poh Road and Eu Chin Street respectively.

Bras Basah
Bras Basah
Photo: Ahmad Iskandar Photography

Bras Basah

It’s no surprise that the arts and heritage district of Bras Basah is splashed with – what else? – art. Benches and lamp posts are decorated with neon paintings – but move away from the main street and duck into the alleys. The quiet corner of Queen Street is an epic mixed-media collage – bizarre one-eyed monsters, tigers and dragons framed by bubble alphabets – that covers the bleak industrial walls.

On Queen St, next to Oxford Hotel, Bras Basah.

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Coleman Bridge
Coleman Bridge
Photograph: Ahmad Iskandar Photography

Coleman Bridge

Next time you’re strolling along the Singapore River, make sure you take the underpass instead. You’ll be surprised at the amount of art that lies beneath these canals. Under Coleman Bridge, transport yourself to old Singapore with paintings of Sir Stamford Raffles, samsui women and the roaring lion. You might even encounter soulful buskers while you admire the works.

Eu Tong Sen St, Coleman Bridge, Boat Quay.

Little India
Little India
Photo by: Ahmad Iskandar Photography

Little India

As you take in the sights and sounds of this culturally rich precinct, don’t miss the street art that dot the area. On Kerbau Road, you’ll find a rainbow cow mural that’s udder-ly fitting. Kerbau – Malay for ‘buffalo’ – played a huge part in the development of Little India and the artwork is a reminder of the area’s old cattle trading business.

Along Kerbau Rd, next to Little India MRT Station, Little India.

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Antz mural
Antz mural
Photograph: Dewi Nurjuwita

Aliwal Street

Another mural in the colourful Aliwal precinct, this one by Antz (Anthony Chong) is one you need to know. The wall features a fierce dragon splashed in vivid hues – a colourful contrast to the surrounding area. 

Behind Aliwal Arts Centre 

The Singapura Club
The Singapura Club
Photograph: Delfina Utomo

Dunlop Street

Outside The Singapura Club at Dunlop Street, you'll find a stunning mural by graffiti artist Ceno. Depicting an old Indian man drinking from a teacup, the mural takes a nod from Ceno's previous work at the establishment's first outpost at Haji Lane – just in colour this time. 

The Singapura Club, 102 Dunlop St.

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Neil Road
Neil Road
Photo: Ahmad Iskandar Photography

Neil Road

Remember the slinky? Yeah, well, this particular piece reminds us of that toy. The mural, simple but mesmerising, spreads across a white façade on Neil Road which leads you to the garden-inspired café Botanist.

74 Neil Rd, outside Botanist, Outram Park.

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