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Insta-Worthy Walls: Chinatown Murals

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Hunting for some insta-worthy walls in Chinatown? We've got you with a list of beautiful murals spotted here.




 

Yip Yew Chong’s Mural Trail


Yip Yew Chong is Singapore’s beloved heritage mural artist who paints vivid pieces straight out of his memory of his childhood. People say that pictures don’t do his works justice but who cares? Pose and snap away for the feed because that’s all we care about, yikes. Jokes!


The Clog Maker

25 Temple Street, Singapore 058570


At The Clog Maker mural which you can find painted on the alley wall beside 25 Temple Street, @pogstal posted a picture saying, “Hehe” @kermit replied, “eh cute” and @calishulk expressed, “😍”.




Chinatown Market Mural

30B Temple Street, Singapore 058575


Next, step into the vibrant world of 30B Temple Street, where an eccentric uncle captivates passersby by pouring tea into giant tea cups right out the window. Brace for the possibility of tea spilling on your head as you observe the mad details of the wet market scene just below, immersing yourself in Yip's childhood memories. @knthbyj's reaction says it all, "The details man... sick," while @monklun2003 bemoans the lack of attention, "So sad not a lot of people come here to take pictures, because the mural is actually really nice" So quickly come! & give this piece the attention it deserves.




Cantonese Opera Mural

252 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058801


Wait! It’s not over yet! Temple Street has more of Yip to offer. Catch the latest Chinese opera showing at this beautifully intricate mural depicting a vibrant past. Immerse yourself in the vibrant past, where performers with painted faces and extravagant costumes mesmerized locals with their unmatched talent.




My Chinatown Home

30 Smith St, Singapore 058944


Brace yourself for a heartwarming surprise as you come face-to-wall with a mural that hits right in the feels - Yip's old family home on Sago Street.


@jerryneo, struck by a wave of nostalgia, couldn't help but pour their heart out, "I like this one best because it feels a bit like my ahma’s house." Oh, the memories that come flooding back when art takes you on a sentimental journey! 😌🌈 A heartwarming reminder that art has the power to connect us to the past, the present, and everything in between. 🎨💓




Conan Buying Durian

266A South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058815


Take a left turn from Smith Street onto South Bridge Road, and you might just stumble upon a peculiar sight: Detective Conan, the iconic anime character, ordering durian. @gerlehdees, filled with excitement, exclaims, "Wah, Conan also want to eat durian, must be good! 🌚" @pogstal adds with surprise, "Didn't know Conan is Southeast Asian 😍😍”




Letter Writing Mural

336 Smith St, Singapore 050336


After getting lunch at Chinatown Complex Hawker Centre, make sure to head down to get your letters written at this mural by Yip. Although, @kermit said, “the chair like not very comfortable ah cannot sit straight hahaha”.




Bruce Lee Mural by Temasek Polytechnic

335 Smith St, Singapore 050335


Finally! Moving on from Yip’s wonderful murals, we have something created by the talented students from the school of design at Temasek Polytechnic. The mural depicts a Bruce Lee as a literal snack 😍 fearlessly clutching a spiky durian in his bare hands amidst a backdrop of Chinese elements. Definitely an amazing picture op. Even @kermit couldn't help but express her delight, exclaiming, "took a pic w the hunky Bruce Lee!”



Also, don’t forget to get some good fortune from the little lucky cat @jerryneo found at the corner.



Banda Street Murals

5 Banda St, #01-52, Singapore 050005


At Banda Street, beside K88 Kopitiam, you’ll find “Welcome to our World”. This masterpiece, part of the 2015 Colouring Banda Street project by PwC and Tanjong Pagar Town Council, captures the daily lives of the awe-inspiring Samsui women who played a crucial role in building Singapore's legacy. 🎨💪

@gerlehdees couldn't help but express her admiration, "Gotta respek the Samsui women." And oh, a curious observation from @gerlehdees - "also... do y'all see sth out of place in the mural?" 🤔 But leave it to our wise friend @scratchfon to drop some profound truth bombs - "Everything is in their place." Yet, @harrlem hit the nail on the head with an astute comment, "Cos they were ultrawomen 💪💪" - talk about some serious superhuman vision! 💥💪 So, next time you're strolling down Banda Street, take a moment to admire this remarkable street art tribute and salute the ultrawomen who helped shape Singapore's vibrant history! 🇸🇬🏗️💪


Keong Saik Road Murals


You don’t have to walk too far to get to the next mural along Keong Saik Road just before passing by Koyal Jewelry. You'll encounter another captivating mural that showcases a more nationalistic theme, depicting various elements of Singapore. As you admire the artwork, you may notice @jeajeajea's amusing observation: "This mural, the people a bit creepy. The ladies washing clothes especially." @harrlem agrees, “Wah ya lah! Like the wall is watching 👀👀” and added, “wonder if at night they will close eyes to sleep 😳 😂 😂”. While art is subjective, and everyone has their unique perspective, it's all part of the charm that sparks different reactions and interpretations. So, take a moment to appreciate the artistic representation of Singapore's essence, even if it includes slightly eerie laundry scenes. After all, it's these quirks that make each mural distinct and memorable in its own way.



Kung Fu Fighting Mural

333 Kreta Ayer Rd, #01-14, Singapore 080333


Continue walking till you see a fitness corner. There you’ll spot the Everyone is Kung Fu Fighting mural by Belinda Low where we encourage you to try stopping the two crouching gentlemen from beating up one another like @X3rai did. If you decide to walk up the staircase featuring the Little Guilin mural also by Belinda Low, you’ll unwittingly interrupt the sweet couple enjoying the view with their cat.


@X3rai said, “…little oopsies” as he slips his arm around the young man in pink.




At the top of the staircase, you’ll be greeted with a new scene and a shy grandma peeking at you from her window as seen in @X3rai's post. Out of desperation to avoid the piercing gaze, @X3rai headed over to another grandma to deliver A Thousand Years of Pain.





Mural by Ripple Root

1 Keong Saik Rd., The Working Capitol, Singapore 089109

Next up, prepare to be mesmerized by the whimsical masterpieces of homegrown artists, Ripple Root, as they splash their vibrant hues all over Singapore. Seeking this pink and pastel green larger-than-life piece? Head to Keong Saik Street and follow @pogstal's sage advice: "Murals by Ripple Root just a walk away from the office!” In case you didn’t know, their office is at Scratchbac 45B Keong Saik Road.




“Community” by Sam Lo


Hold on to your stickers, folks! The legendary "Sticker Lady," Sam Lo, has graced Shake Shack's second outlet in Singapore with a kaleidoscope of colors, capturing the essence of the neighborhood. @weiweihao raves, "This mural damn pretty leh," and @monklun2003 agrees, "Yeah, like never fade sia like so long alr" Oh, but @gerlehdees, the one with a sharp eye, chimes in response to @weiweihao with a cheeky twist, "But you prettier leh.”




Firangi Superstar Tiger

20 Craig Rd, #01-03, Singapore 089692


Now, you might start sniffing something delicious in the air as you travel down Craig Road and past Firangi Superstar. If you’re not feeling atas enough, we suggest you ignore the smells and open your eyes wide instead and admire the Firangi Superstar Tiger mural in all its free glory. Take a $0 picture like @jeajeajea did and be on your way!




Hi-Tech Traditional Chinese Ladies

7A Craig Road, Duxton Rd


Why Apple over Windows? Because the ancients said so. Don’t believe? Just take a look at the ladies decked in traditional Chinese costume and spot one of them holding what is undisputedly a macbook. As @printon said, “wah this traditional lady atas”. Indeed, a sobering message for all non-Apple users out there.



In a world full of Insta-worthy walls and larger-than-life murals, Chinatown proves to be a playground for art enthusiasts and selfie connoisseurs alike. From the whimsical creations of Ripple Root to the vibrant expressions of Yip and the unexpected surprises crafted by students, every corner holds a delightful surprise.


So, the next time you find yourself strolling through Chinatown, keep your eyes peeled for these mind-boggling masterpieces. If you find another street wall art, strike a pose and post it up to share these masterpieces with everyone!


This article is scooped by Scratchbac user @jeajeajea and co-written by ScoopAI. Expand to see disclaimer:


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