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Hong Kong Street Art – Sheung Wan and Central

In Hong Kong, Street Art by Jaclynn Seah17 Comments

Before heading over to Hong Kong, I did a little research on the street art scene and reached out to Stephen over at Longzijun to find out more about where I could find any good art areas to check out. The bad news? Stephen said I probably wasn’t going to find the mural-type street art works that I prefer and that the Hong Kong street art scene tends to be more graffiti-writing and paste-ups. (I love street art – here are all my guides to finding street art in Singapore and around the world)

Hong Kong Street Art - Wan In Fong St West

Not the most artsy street art – there is a lot of graffiti

The good news? He did tell me that HKwalls was happening right at the tail end of my trip so I was quite happy to pop by the Sheung Wan area to check it out, and I am immensely glad I did!

What is HK Walls?

Sheung Wan can probably be described as a gentrifying hipster area, and HKwalls – a street art festival in its 2nd year invited various street artists from local and international circles to take over many of the walls in this neighbourhood and beautify them.

Hkwalls

The artists mostly painted over 14th and 15th March – I was there on both afternoons watching them at work, so one thing a little different from my usual street art hunting is that I actually got to see the artists at work and watch the artworks progress, instead of just seeing the final art pieces. It’s amazing how much the artwork can evolve over just one day! Here are a couple of the works in progress that I caught. You can head over to HKwalls Facebook page to see how the actual final works turned out – they also painted at Stanley Market so if you’re headed to that area, maybe check it out!

Hong Kong Street Art - Ladder Street

At the junction of Caine Street and Ladder Street, which is apt as it’s on top of a steep stairway and there is a noodle store at this corner too

I also spotted other older street art and graffiti works in the area as well alongside the HKwalls works, I haven’t been able to identify all the works, but here’s where you might see some of these works! Use the handy dandy menu here to navigate.

Looking for other things to do in Hong Kong? See my post-trip recap and all my Hong Kong posts here, check out my guides to the outlying islands Cheung Chau and Lamma, or see how you can enjoy a local food experience.

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TAI ON TERRACE / PO HING FONG LANE

I suggest starting from the top along Caine Road and then climbing down the stairs of Upper Station Street. Tai On Terrace is on the left as you descend – explore the walls around those blocks and then head down to Po Hing Fong Street and walk along the side of Blake Gardens back to the bottom of the stairs at Upper Station Street.

Hong Kong Street Art - Idrawalot

HKwalls: Idrawalot aka Addison Karl (Germany) @ LEAD, 1 Tai On Terrace. I like the hatching – reminds me of colour pencils and art in school somehow

Hong Kong Street Art - LEAD

tp @ LEAD, 1 Tai On Terrace – I think this belonged to the 1st edition of HKwalls

Hong Kong Street Art - Xeme

Xeme (HK) – stairs on stairs

Hong Kong Street Art - 4GET

HKwalls: 4GET (HK) @ Yoga Bam Bam, 28 Pound Lane. There were chairs here for some reason, so I took a seat and a break here

Hong Kong Street Art - Tanks

these random tanks are close to Yoga Bam Bam

Hong Kong Street Art - Bao Progress

HKwalls: Bao (HK) @ 8 Tai On Terrace – this looks like painstaking work, but I love the detailing

Hong Kong Street Art - DEMS

HKwalls: Dems (Spain) @ 9 Tai On Terrace – this was a giant piece and there was some sort of mini party taking place, with drinks and ice cream on sale. The Gallery was just around the corner on the left

Hong Kong Street Art - Stern Rockwell

HKwalls: Stern Rockwell (USA) @ AFFECT-T, 28 Po Hing Fong Street – this is very gangsta~

HKwalls had a special gallery set up in an empty space at Tai On Terrace which had works by several of the artists for HKwalls on sale, I took a gander but nothing in particular caught my eye…

Hong Kong Street Art - HKwalls Gallery

Checking out sellable works by participating street artists

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BETWEEN TAI PING SHAN STREET AND HOLLYWOOD STREET

On the opposite side of Blake Garden lies the hipster Tai Ping Shan Street – you can find several works along this street and on the many perpendicular roads and back alleys that line it. Most of the action was happening in the alleyway between Sai Street and Upper Station Street. A mix of cute little shops, artsy type shops as well as eateries around here – a nice place to chill out in the afternoon or evening.

Tai Ping Shan Street

Hong Kong Street Art - Peter Yuill

HKwalls: Peter Yuill (Canada) @ RJMD, 14A Tai Ping Shan Street. The deep blue colour is quite striking

Hong Kong Street Art - Tai Ping Shan Street

I was more intrigued by the pasted up blue pipes than the larger artwork on the left!

Hong Kong Street Art - Felipe Pantone

HKwalls: Felipe Pantone (Spain) @ Tai Ping Shan Street – If you see the final work, that reads ‘Pant’

Hong Kong Street Art - Good Day

Not street art per se, but fun and happy nonetheless

Upper Station Street

Hong Kong Street Art - Rukkit Progress

HKwalls: Rukkit (Thailand) @ Upper Station Street – you can see in the bottom left photo that Rukkit is using some sort of ruler/stencil to achieve those straight lines. You couldn’t quite tell how the final piece was going to look like at all, somehow I imagined something akin to a tube line. Imagine my surprise to see this fox face appear!

Alleyway between Upper Station Street and Sai Street

Hong Kong Street Art - exld Progress

HKwalls: exld (Philippines) – is the dog shooting an… eyeball?

Hong Kong Street Art - Artime Joe Progress

HKwalls: Artime Joe (South Korea) – something about this was really cheery and preppy. I kept thinking of M&Ms

Hong Kong Street Art - Egg Fiasco Progress

HKwalls: Egg Fiasco (Philippines) – This guy seemed to be working quite quickly – the middle picture was his progress when I left on Day 1, which I thought was almost complete. Was quite surprise to see the sheer amount of detail piled on the next day (top and right pix!)

Hong Kong Street Art - Barlo Progress

HKwalls: Barlo (Italy) – You couldn’t quite tell what the work was going to look like from the initial sketch! What’s really cute is that lady who’s peering out her door and watching the artist at work. She was really into the artwork, coming out and taking pictures and giving all smiles to the artist!

Hong Kong Street Art - Jay Flow

HKwalls: Jay Flow (South Korea) – very graphic shark jumping out of the wall

Hong Kong Street Art - Gantz5 2

HKwalls: Gantz5 (Macau) – This is actually part of a larger piece that stretches along the wall

Hong Kong Street Art - Gantz5

HK Street Art – Gantz5 (Macau) – work in progress

Water Lane

Hong Kong Street Art - Sinic

HKwalls: Sinic (HK) – I think it’s an exploding boat?

Hong Kong Street Art - Water Lane Colourful

This also seems to be part of the first edition HKwalls. Sorry about the dude photobombing this picture but he was filming something else and just would not budge~

Hong Kong Street Art - Water Lane Random 2

More random works along the lane

Hong Kong Street Art - Water Lane Random 1

more random works

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HOLLYWOOD STREET

Hollywood Street has a whole bunch of art and antique shops along it. Take a walk all the way up it from the Tai Ping Shan Road area towards Aberdeen Street where you can pop into the revitalised PMQ (Police Married Quarters) which is an uber hipster creative hub these days with lots of very cool shops. Pop into the various alleyways along the way to discover some surprises within!

Hong Kong Street Art - Eyes

Look who’s watching~

Hong Kong Street Art - Shing Wong St

Another face at the junction of Shing Wong Street

Tank Lane stairway between Square Street and Hollywood Street

Hong Kong Street Art - Hopare

HKwalls: Hopare (France) – this piece is really striking and bound to catch your attention as you walk along Hollywood Street. One of my favourites of the trip!

Hong Kong Street Art - Tank Lane

Not sure who this was by – it’s opposite the Hopare work, but it’s kinda cute

Hong Kong Street Art - Gas Progress

HKwalls – Gas (China) @ Little Square, 21 Square Street – I’m trying to figure out what word that is exactly – Gas’s schtick is writing in Chinese characters

Hong Kong Street Art - Rookie

HKwalls – Rookie (Taiwan) @ Little Square – cool octopus! – to the right is Square Street which has some random bits of graffiti along it too

Hong Kong Street Art - Xeva

HKwalls: Xeva (South Korea) @ Cawah Arts Gallery, 23 Square Street – can you tell who that famous face is?

Hong Kong Street Art - Dustbin

One of the walls along Square Street. The dustbin was quite intriguing somehow.

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 BELOW HOLLYWOOD STREET

I turned down Shin Hing Street and walked towards Gough Street. There are a bunch of lanes that you can explore around here with lots of little shops along the stairways and Gough Street, which is also where you can get the famous Kau Kee beef brisket noodles and Sing Heung Yuen noodles.

Hong Kong Street Art - Parents Parents

HKwalls: Parent’s Parents (HK) @ La Cabane, 97 Hollywood Road / Shin Hing Street – I quite liked this work too, striking visual

Hong Kong Street Art - Callixto

Callixto @ 11 Mee Lun Street – to the right is a little alleyway with some graffiti and street art works. I thought the Einstein was funny

Hong Kong Street Art - Fin Dac

@ 2 Mee Lun Street and Gough Street – You don’t normally see this Lovers & Friend’s work by Fin Dac in its entirety as it’s usually blocked by Sing Heung Yuen, a ‘da pai dang’ or roadside stall which is popular for tomato noodles. Sadly, didn’t manage to try the noodles >_<

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OTHERS

Other works I spotted randomly…

Hong Kong Street Art - Little Bao Chung Wo Lane

Little Bao @ 66 Staunton Street and Chung Wo Lane – it’s not a bun shop, but an Asian diner of sorts

Hong Kong Street Art - Central Market

Right at the start of the Mid Level Escalators is Central Market – I’m not sure if much is still open there, but a lot of the shop shutters have artworks on them! so if you’re taking the escalator, perhaps pop by and check it out.

Hong Kong Street Art - Make A Wish

This was en route up the Mid Levels Escalators – what I did one time was take the escalator up to the top and from there walk across towards Tai On Terrace, so I wouldn’t have to climb the slopes!

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MAP

Anyone have other street art spots in Hong Kong to recommend? Share them in the comments here so I know where to go if I ever head back to Hong Kong!

Looking for more street art? See all my street art guides for various places including Singapore, Asia, Europe and America.

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Comments

  1. Jaclynn, I’m so glad I stumbled upon your ws. I’ve seen a lot of the wall art & always wondered who the artists might’ve been. Thanks for putting an end to my curiosity.
    I’ve got some pix of more wall art in HK & Spain.

  2. Wow! Your collections of Graffiti from different Countries are great! i do love Graffiti and also have my own collections too.

  3. This is a great article and the map is super helpful! Does anyone know if any or most of the street art is still up? I understand with street art that over time it can get painted and drawn over. I am going to Hong Kong end of this month and would love to do my own self-guided tour.

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      Thanks Moe glad you find it useful! Since it’s for a festival and they probably had to ask permission for spaces, there’s a good chance the works are still up, but I can’t guarantee it though! You might want to check out HKwalls on Instagram or on the web – I think there are lots of new works in other parts of HK too 🙂

  4. hi, is anyone can tell me where is the colorful, fun houses graffiti in Sheung Wan, which street is that?

    1. Author

      Hi Peter, do you have a picture of what you are talking about? Or are you referring to one of the pictures in this post?

    2. I think the “fun houses graffiti” you mean is the depiction of old-style townhouses on the corner of Graham St and Hollywood Rd. That artwork is given some prominence in a recent e-guidebook which you can download from the Hong Kong Tourism Board website: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/au/see-do/highlight-attractions/old-town-central/crazy-for-art.jsp. The e-book, which has a few pages on street art in the old part of town, can be downloaded from the bottom of that page. I’ll be in Hong Kong for two weeks in November and will look out for any interesting new works while I’m there. Thanks Jaclynn, for your guide to HK art. I’ve already made great use of your guide to street art in Singapore.

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        Thanks Rob good to know! Glad you found the guides useful 🙂

        There should be quite a lot of new works in Hong Kong – HKwalls has been pretty active!

        1. Just back home from a fortnight in Hong Kong. The work by Fin Dac which you photographed has been halved. The woman’s face is still there but the man’s face has been removed for new building work. Also much diminished is the nearby Seoul Bros mural, part of which has wiped out by the construction of a new restaurant next door.

          The “fun houses graffiti” has become iconic. It’s on the wall of the G.O.D. (Goods of Desire) store, which sells various souvenirs bearing its image. Hard to get a photo of it without other people’s smartphones and selfie sticks getting in the way. It’s called Yau Ma Ti Graffiti 2012 and is by Alex Croft. There is now a plaque on the wall to explain its inspiration: the houses of the old Kowloon Walled City.

          I didn’t spend nearly as much time as I expected exploring HK street art as I’d hoped, but I can recommend the one-hour Accidental Art tours of street art in Sheung Wan on Sundays. Did this tour on my last day in HK. Tours available in English or Mandarin. Even though I was staying in Sheung Wan and had already explored the area, the tour revealed some gems I’d missed, and explained the background of some works I’d already discovered.

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            wow great info, thanks for the update! I definitely need to get back to Hong Kong and see all the new stuff 🙂

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