Tourists taking photos on George Town’s Armenian Street with a mural called I Want Bao by Kuala Lumpur-born artist WK Setor on the side wall of a pastry shop. Photo: AlamyTourists taking photos on George Town’s Armenian Street with a mural called I Want Bao by Kuala Lumpur-born artist WK Setor on the side wall of a pastry shop. Photo: Alamy
Tourists taking photos on George Town’s Armenian Street with a mural called I Want Bao by Kuala Lumpur-born artist WK Setor on the side wall of a pastry shop. Photo: Alamy

How Penang’s art scene was killed by Instagram tourists and gentrification, sparked by a single mural

  • The street art revolution that transformed the Malaysian island into a celebrated artistic hub has also caused the downfall of its arts scene
  • George Town, the island’s capital, is now full of Instagram tourists, hipsters and businesses that cater to them, warping the soul of the town

Topic |   Malaysia
Tourists taking photos on George Town’s Armenian Street with a mural called I Want Bao by Kuala Lumpur-born artist WK Setor on the side wall of a pastry shop. Photo: AlamyTourists taking photos on George Town’s Armenian Street with a mural called I Want Bao by Kuala Lumpur-born artist WK Setor on the side wall of a pastry shop. Photo: Alamy
Tourists taking photos on George Town’s Armenian Street with a mural called I Want Bao by Kuala Lumpur-born artist WK Setor on the side wall of a pastry shop. Photo: Alamy
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