Ipoh

Ipoh Itinerary: Ipoh Old Town’s Street Art by Ernest Zacharevic (with Map)

Ipoh Street Art by Ernest ZacharevicClick to enlarge

There is much street art in Ipoh, but Mr Fitness, a native of Ipoh, said, “Weather very hot leh. Just go for the branded ones lah, the ones by Ernest Zacharevic.” Sorry, local Ipoh artists. If you find the name Ernest Zacharevic familiar, it’s because he is also the one who did Penang’s street art.

I’ve planned the walk so that you can walk from #1 to #7 without repeating the roads, seeing most of Ipoh’s Old Town. In the information below, I’ve included the street address, and the more-accurate coordinates. Just key in the coordinates in google map app on your smartphones.


1. OLD UNCLE WITH COFFEE CUP
1-19, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Ipoh 30000
4.597871, 101.076147
OLD UNCLE WITH COFFEE CUP Ipoh graffiti This piece of street art is behind an Old Town White Coffee outlet and has caused some controversy. The old man looks like a prominent communist party leader, and the government was unhappy. But Ernest Zacharevic clarified that it was an old man he found, and the old man came out to show his face.


2. PAPER PLANE
Jalan Sheikh Adam, 30000 Ipoh
4.597747, 101.076840

paper plane street art ipohThis is just a street away from OLD UNCLE WITH COFFEE CUP (#1). It’s a lovely piece of street art, depicting the innocence of childhood.


3. GIRL
78, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
4.597082, 101.078214

girl street art ipohA great interactive piece.


4. HUMMINGBIRD
Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
4.596693, 101.078500

hummingbird ipohThere used to be a real tree beside the hummingbird, which would make sense and would be playful. But they chopped the tree down to make space for a parking lot.


5. KOPI-O
Jalan Tun Sambathan, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
4.597264, 101.078724

KOPI-O IPOH OLD TOWN ARTHow long would you take to finish these 5 packets? According to Mr Fitness, Ipoh native, he says Ipoh people don’t drink their coffee this way. This is KL’s way of drinking coffee.


6. EVOLUTION
Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
4.596356, 101.079127

EVOLUTION IPOHThis is serious art, not as playful or bittersweet as the rest. It mimics the style of a Chinese ink painting, showing a tin mine. Ipoh began as a tin mining location–this fact is included in Singapore’s Secondary 2 history–hence the title of this art piece “Evolution.” Now the tin is gone, but the mining has created beautiful limestone lakes.


7. TRISHAW
Jalan Shala, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
4.595315, 101.078503

TRISHAW ART IPOH

This piece is slightly further away from the rest of the street art, further highlighting the isolation, suffering, and hardship of the garung guni man.


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