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STREET ART LIVES UP TOWN!

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Muhammad Nabel Asyhar, Tourism Selangor
STREET ART LIVES UP TOWN!

Let’s explore the hidden gems within the streets in Selangor, Malaysia

Art has the ability to connect and communicate with people from all walks of life. It is a conscious use of creative imagination to express beauty, emotional power, conceptual ideas as well as culture. Much like other forms of art, street art is an artistic expression of our modern world created in public locations. Usually associated as independent art, street art has become an important part of promoting a city’s identity.

By turning disused areas into picturesque locations, Klang and Shah Alam are one of the cities in Selangor featuring street arts that are well-loved by visitors.

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Photo: https://persoalane.blogspot.com/

Laman Seni 2, Seksyen 2 Shah Alam

Laman Seni 2, Section 2 was the starting point for street arts in Shah Alam with a “back to school” theme. Breathe in the air of nostalgia as you walk through the lane looking at displays of old wooden chairs hanging on the wall, school bus and animal murals depicting the environment of Malaysian schools. Once you’re done with admiring Laman Seni 2, head on to the food court nearby to quench your thirst and take a break from taking pictures at the site.

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Photo: Instagram@faizabdullah

Laman Seni 7, Section 7 Shah Alam

A continuation of Laman Seni 2, Laman Seni 7 in Section 7 Shah Alam, is located close to i-City where the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) changed the back alleys of commercial and industrial buildings into a safe, clean and beautiful environment. There are 3D Drawings, Installations, Street Furniture and many more displayed featuring concepts of the "Shah Alam Community", "Tourist Attraction" and "Green Concept".

Safari Jejak Warisan, Klang

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Photo: Twitter@backpackerzmag
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Photo: Instagram@discoverselangor

If you go to Royal Klang Town, it is a must to stop at the old town of Klang where many shops sell various goods for the Indian community. Visitors can also stop by to take pictures of the interesting “Safari” themed murals along the back alleys of shops in the town. Officiated by Datuk Zainal Abidin Abu Hassan on 5 June 2020, you will be fascinated by the various types of animal paintings as if you are on a real safari.

Sasaran Art, Kuala Selangor

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Photo: http://wanderlustdj.blogspot.com/
Photo: http://wanderlustdj.blogspot.com/
Photo: http://wanderlustdj.blogspot.com/

Since 2008, the Sasaran Art Organisation has organised a large-scale art festival every 3 years to create exposure towards street arts. There are various paintings on the outdoor and indoor walls which visitors can take pictures of. Apart from that, with the support of the Selangor State Government, a 2-storey art gallery named "Kuala Selangor Sasaran Art Gallery" is used as an art centre that holds both local and international exhibitions and festivals to promote culture and arts.

Mural Jalan Kenari, Puchong

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Photo: https://puchong.community/

Mural Jalan Kenari 5, Puchong is decorated with various paintings behind the old buildings located along the road. 103 final-year students from The One Academy in Subang Jaya came together to complete the paintings at the location within just 6 days. The murals show the beauty and elements of the cultures in Malaysia cultures portraying the country’s uniqueness.

Kuala Kubu Bharu Mural (KKB), Hulu Selangor

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Photo: http://wanderlustdj.blogspot.com/

Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB) is a town located about 70 km from Kuala Lumpur. The town offers various types of nature and extreme sports activities such as paragliding, water tubing and white-water rafting. Not only that, but there is also a street art area featuring 8 paintings on the walls of the old buildings in the KKB. The paintings were made by 40 students and staff from ALFA College in 2014 describing the life of the people in KKB.

These street arts are the Insta-worthy arts where visitors can capture the interesting and beautiful displays of street art in Selangor for their Instagram feeds to remember their time at the locations. It provides opportunities for talented artists to portray their ideas with creative paintings and installations by turning the alleyways into tourist attraction areas. Selangor is one of the places that are worth visiting for especially to all the art lovers out there.

For more information, please log on to the official website of Tourism Selangor at Selangor.Travel.

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