Singapore is rich in street art and you would be surprised how many you can find. Most street art spots are concentrated at the South of the island near Chinatown. Going on a street art walking tour can be another exciting thing to do in Singapore, even if you’re a local.
If you want to find these beautiful murals and artwork, here’s where you need to go:
1. Spottiswoode Park Road
Here at Spottiswoode Park Road, you’ll find the artworks of Yip Yew Chong. His murals stretch along the wall and the one here depicts scenes from old Singapore. It’s reminiscent of a time when Singaporeans of all races shopped from provision stores and ate at roadside stalls together. This mural is popularly known as ‘Pasar Tiong Baru’ or ‘the Provision Shop’ among locals.
Another piece of street art to look forward to are a bunch of bunnies dressed in traditional costumes. These cute characters are the work of Thai artist Patcharapol Tangruen or Alex Face as he’s known.
The street beside this mural isn’t closed off, so make sure you look out for traffic if you’re taking photos.
- Nearest MRT Station: Outram Park
2. Little India
The street art trail in Little India is one that’s lively and colourful. There are more than 15 street art spots scattered all over Race Course Road and Serangoon Road. One of the signature street art here is a piece by Shah Rizzal depicting the shop houses of Singapore in a cheerful blue and bright tones, without any skyscrapers in sight.
Most of the street art in Little India pay homage to Singapore’s heritage and history, with scenes from yesteryear playing prominent roles.
- Nearest MRT station: Little India
3. Bras Basah
Just at the junction where Waterloo Street meets Queen Street, you’ll be able to find some really abstract and creative street art. The street art here is much more experimental, and this is probably because of its the area surrounding the Singapore Art Museum.
Walking around SAM will unveil hidden street art gems, some of which are very small and blend in with their surroundings. All of them are super ‘gram worthy so don’t put away your camera until you’ve left the area.
- Nearest MRT station: Bencoolen
4. Beach Road
Towards the end of Beach Road where it leads to Ophir Road, you’ll find Piedra Negra, a Mexican Restaurant and bar. The entire establishment is covered with street art by Didier ‘Jaba’ Mathieu, a Colombian-Belgian graffiti artist. His works are very distinct, in that they use many straight lines and geometric patterns.
While taking pictures, you can also relax and have a taste of Mexican cuisine and hospitality.
- Nearest MRT Station: Bugis
5. Amoy Street
The walls behind Thian Hock Keng temple are covered in brownish murals, again by the artist Yip Yew Chong. They depict scenes of daily life from Singapore’s history. More specifically, the lives of migrant Hokkien workers from China. The murals include scenes of how they lived and ate, as well as how they celebrated important days.
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Try and avoid coming during peak hours when there are a lot of cars as the cars will cover the mural. Try instead to come early on weekends and late in the day.
- Nearest MRT Station: Telok Ayer
6. Neil Road
The slinky is the main theme of this street art piece you’ll find at Neil Road. Once you come to the end of the slinky, you’ll arrive at a cafe called the Botanist, where you can relax and have brunch. Neil Road is a charming place to walk around and is filled with many quaint and charming heritage buildings which will also be great for your Instagram account.
- Nearest MRT Station: Outram Park
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