As you stroll around Kampong Glam and learn about the history of Malay-Muslim quarter, be sure not to miss the modern additions to the colourful neighbourhood. A little ways 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
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.
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.
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. Who knows? The piece might get replaced with a sketch of a dog in 2018.
On Ann Siang Hill, next to The Coconut Club, Chinatown.
Take a walk down one of Singapore’s most well-known streets famous for its quirky shops, artisanal cafes, and the small alleyway lined with murals by some of the top street artists in Singapore. Catch 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.
Take a break from checking out some of the hip cafes, restaurants, shops and bookstores that lined this vibrant neighbourhood. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. We hear the wall makes for some pretty cool post-brunch #OOTDs. With a takeaway coffee in hand, of course.
74 Neil Rd, outside Botanist, Outram Park.