If you enjoyed hunting for street art in the Kampong Glam district, another area to head to where you can find a surprising little cluster of street art works is in the popular tourist district of Little India. Perhaps more famous for fabric shops, spicy curries and the amazing 24-hour Mustafa Shopping Centre that stocks everything you can think of, there are several spots here where you can see some artworks by well-known figures in the international street art scene.
- Added Feb 2016: New murals off Belilios Lane and Upper Dickson Street. Confirmed removed: Buffalo Road cow mural, Bellwethers fairytale characters
- Added Oct 2015: Collaborative works by Haha from Australia and Singapore’s TraseOne at Tekka Centre, and a giant cow wall mural at Buffalo Road
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Getting there: The closest MRT station is Little India (NorthEast Line, Downtown Line) and about 5-10mins walk away
The pedestrian stretch between Rowell and Desker Road are where you can see works by two prominent American street artists Elmac and Tyke Witnes AWR who were invited to put up their works during the Singapore Night Festival in 2010. There’s also a surprising series of fairytale related art in the Bellwethers Bistro just next to it (which is sadly being converted into a jewellers, those works are unlikely to be kept!)
Jalan Besar – Rowell Court RC sits in the void deck of Blk 640 Rowell Road, though it’s actually found between Veerasamy and Hindoo Road. It’s quite merrily decorated with murals, but this one by Kyerule is my favourite:
You’ll find Ernest Zacharevic’s first Singapore works from 2012 here at Perak Hotel (12 Perak Road) – a cheeky little boy with a hundred dollar bill on a fishing line! Also, there are apparently some of his other works here which I sadly couldn’t find – check out this photo album and see if you can see these works, it looks to me like you need to be a guest of the hotel to see them properly!
Head over to the the famous Tekka Centre and look for the entrance to the carpark along Buffalo Road – that’s where you will spot these lovely collaboration works between Singapore’s TraseOne and Australia’s Haha aka Regan Tamanui is celebration of SG50 for a project called 50 Bridges in May 2015. Titled ‘Cricket and Classical’, quite apt given the Indian heritage of the area! Haha covered the Cricket works while TraseOne did the Indian Classical figures.
Further along Buffalo Road is this large mural on the wall right outside the exit of the Little India MRT Station Exit. Created in Jan 2015 during Singapore Art Week for ArtWalk Little India 2015, this piece by artist Eunice Lim is a bright and cheery addition to the area, and harkens both to the name of the road it is on and the reverence that the Indian diaspora places upon cattle. (Update: this piece has since been removed as of Jan 2016)
Again for ArtWalk Little India but this time in 2016, another 2 murals were created off Belilios Lane. There is one very large one by Psyfool which features various Indian tradesmen that’s quite visible, but do take a walk along that little alley and you’ll spot another hidden piece by Mojoko behind reminiscent of old Indian cinema posters!
UPPER DICKSON ROAD
This one is also a little bit hidden, off an alleyway along Upper Dickson Road. It’s another mural done for ArtWalk Little India 2016 by Priyageetha d/o Diayalan. As you enter Upper Dickson Road from Serangoon Road, look for an alley on your left – this mural is a little way inside the alley but it is quite large so you can spot it from the main road.
I found this random piece of work while wandering in the back alleys – I forgot to take down where it was, so kudos to you if you find it, and even more love if you can tell me who it was by.
Do check out Singapore Street Art at singaporestreetart.tumblr.com and on instagram @singaporestreetart – it aims to document all past and present street art in Singapore, so do send over any snaps you might have!
Looking for more street art? Check out my other street art related guides:
- Kampong Glam, Singapore
- Bugis and Bras Basah, Singapore
- George Town, Penang, Malaysia
- Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
- Seoul, South Korea
- Shoreditch, London
- Lagos, Portugal
- Lisbon, Portugal