When speaking about Singapore, there’s no doubt in our minds that the first thing that came to mind was of course, the busy, vibrant and lively life of the lion city. As a tourist (and local), we often gathered around the heart of Singapore to shop, dine and leisuring around with our loved ones. But what if we tell you that Singapore is actually one of the cities in Asian region that provides a lot of street art? You could literally take a walk around the corner and find mesmerizing art painted on the wall. Each one of them tells a strong story as well. Other than learning about the meaning behind the art, you could also take photos around them for colourful vibes. Don’t believe us? Checkout Glitz by Beauty Insiders‘ choice of street art that you must visit once in your lifetime.
Lively shops and a strong Peranakan heritage presence are everywhere in Katong. If you are walking along the East Coast Road – on your way to the Birds of Paradise Ice Cream Parlor – be prepared to be greeted with alleys of murals. Designed by Nizia Lam, Valerie Neo, Novena Angela, and Yillish Lam, this eclectic mural called Medley Alley resembles wings made from multi-colored tiles that represent intergenerational metamorphoses.
Where: 107 East Coast Rd
2. Aliwal Street
Checkout the wall next to the side alley entrance of Aliwal Arts Centre which is covered in a vibrant piece of wall art. Drawn by Singaporean artist Slacsatu, this loop-colored alpha batik piece is an eye-catching, breathtaking color explosion that catches the eyes of hundreds at Aliwal Urban Arts Festival 2019. The artist wanted to show that even within the Kampong Glam heritage, there is indeed a modern addition attached to the colorful district.
Where: Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal St
3. Amoy Street
A 40-meter-long colorful mural behind the Thian Hock Keng Temple, sketched by local artist Yip Yew Chong, stretches along Xiamen Street. The mural was illustrated to show the early life of Hokkien immigrants. From traditional Chinese weddings to daily drawings of lively Kampong ambience. The art is splendidly breathtaking.
Where: Opposite 92 Amoy St, Telok Ayer.
4. Tanjong Katong Road
Inspired by street artists’ conversations with residents, the mural paintings of the butterfly led to the discovery of the butterfly, which is frequently visited to drink from the water pipes in the alleys and to eat the flowers that bloom in the residents’ gardens. rice field. Created as part of the Arts In Your Neighborhood, you can find the art on the back street of Tanjong Katong Road.
Where: Tanjong Katong Road
5. Bali Lane and Ophir Road
The first “Hall of Fame” in Southeast Asia refers to a legal street art space that can be found in Bali Alley and Ophir Road. These murals were created by 17 Singaporean artists including Jaba Mathieu, ZERO and ANTZ which are stretched out on a 230-meter-long metal noise barrier. The project can be found spread all along Bali Alley and Ophir Road – it was inspired and somewhat a ‘’tip off’’ by the area’s iconic role in nurturing the local street art scene.
Where: Bali Alley and Ophir Road
6. Jalan Besar
A collective of art that aims to promote community art in HDB blocks across Singapore, the mural was first painted to show the (now-defunct) New World amusement park in Jalan Besar in the 20s and 1960s. You can see a picture of an ox-cart. You will need to learn the history behind this painting to understand more. So go and visit the French Road between the HDB blocks of Jalan Besar.
Where: Block 805 French Road
7. Haji Lane
If you are a vibrant colour lover, you’ll love this one. One of Singapore’s most famous streets, known for its quirky shops and artisanal cafes, is also decorated with murals by some of Singapore’s finest street artists – the Haji Lane. Note the already completed fresco “el lío” by Didier Jaba Mathieu at Piedra Negra. Jabba’s impressive work dates back to 2011 across the region.
Where: Haji Lane
8. Bras Basah
Strange one-eyed monsters, wild animals, dragons and a bubble alphabet, covering a desolate industrial wall. Duhhh, of course it’s none other than the iconic alley named Bras Basah. Everything from their walls, lamp and benches are all covered in arts and murals. This quiet corner of Queen Street is a magnificent mixed media collage.
Where: On Queen St, next to Oxford Hotel, Bras Basah
9. Coleman Bridge
The next time you think of taking an edgy photo, go to Coleman Bridge which is located at the Singapore River (it is an underground passage). Onceyou enter the secret alley, you’ll be greeted with a surprising amount of art arounds them. There are paintings of Sir Stamford Raffles, Sanshui women and roaring lions. After you are done taking pictures, you can even enjoy a very friendly street performer.
Where: Eu Tong Sen St, Coleman Bridge, Boat Quay