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Where to find Street Art in Singapore: Kampong Glam

In Singapore, Street Art by Jaclynn Seah32 Comments

One of my favourite places to find street art in Singapore is in Kampong Glam. Kampong Glam is the collective name of the area of the heritage Arab/Muslim quarter in Singapore. These days it’s home to the beautiful Sultan Mosque and has quite an unusual mishmash of cloth merchants, Middle Eastern restaurants and hipster shops all rolled into one heritage district. I’ve put together a Kampong Glam street art guide to help you uncover all the cool murals and street art all around this funky neighbourhood. [updated Aug 2019]

Kampong Glam is also one of my favourite places in Singapore to hang out and bring visitors to. I used to work around this area and spent many days walking up and down these streets, so I will always be fond of it, no matter how much it’s gentrified or changed in recent years. I also love that it’s one of the first places that street art became hip. The name Kampong Glam (Say ‘Gl-um’ and not glam like glamorous) stems from the Malay word Gelam a reference to the Gelam tree.

Singapore Street Art Kampong Glam Pin

Street art is ephemeral by nature so it’s always changing. I update when I can.

  • AUG 2019: Added Gelam Gallery and more works
  • JAN 2019: Added various works
  • SEP 2017: Added Vintage Camera Museum + Hotel NuVe
  • JUN 2017: Revamped overall layout | No Longer There: Records Lion
  • MAR 2017: Added Singapura Club | No Longer There: Merdandy
  • JAN 2017: Added new + revamped Piedra Nagra works
  • OCT 2016: Added ARC Coffee | No Longer There: Independent Art Resource
  • JUN 2015: Added Sheryo+The Yok SG50 work

Spots to find Street Art in Kampong Glam

Street Art Resources and Other Links

  • Check out the self-guided audio tour version of this Kampong Glam street art route that I’ve developed for Voicemap here
  • Looking for street art in other parts of Singapore? Check out nearby Bugis-Bras BasahLittle India and Chinatown, or see my full street art guide collection here.
  • Here’s a link to my Google Map collection of these artworks and more, or check it out at the bottom of the post
  • Interested in exploring Singapore’s street art with me? Head on over to @SingaporeStreetArt on Instagram to follow

Getting to Kampong Glam

The closest MRT stations are Bugis (East-West, Downtown Line) or Nicoll Highway (Circle Line) and about 5-10mins walk. 


Victoria Street

This stretch is where you’ll find most of the commissioned street art works by Ernest Zacharevic in Singapore. He often combines his realistic portraits of local people with found objects, and his work is pretty popular in Penang’s Georgetown. 

Jalan Pinang

Walk down Victoria Street from Bugis and pop into Jalang Pinang to see YipYC‘s Satay Club and Kampong Gelam murals painted in 2016 for budget Hotel Nuve – these heritage murals reference a popular area for eating satay that used to be on nearby beach road as well as the Gelam trees that Kampong Glam was named for – you can read more about that here.

Location: 9 Jalan Pinang, Hotel NuVe entrance

Singapore Street Art Hotel Nuve YipYC Satay Club

Satay Club by Yip Yew Chong on left side of Hote NuVe doorway

Singapore Street Art Hotel Nuve YipYC Kampong Gelam

Kampong Gelam by Yip Yew Chong – on right side of Hotel NuVe doorway

Jalan Kledek

Next continue down to Jalan Pisang junction where you’ll see Ernest Zacharevic’s Girl with Lion Cub which is quite a large piece.

Location: Between Jalan Pisang and Jalan Kledek

Singapore Street Art ErnestZ Girl With Lion Cub

Girl with Cub by Ernest Zacharevic. I personally think her face looks a bit distorted but it could be just the huge scale. Cute cub though :)

A little further down from that is the Vintage Camera Museum which has a newer piece by Singaporean artist Ceno2 whose portraits and art can be seen in many places around Singapore. This particular piece was done in collaboration with two younger female artists Bunga and Kare.

Location: 8C/D Jalan Kledek, Camera Museum

Singapore Street Art Ceno2 Camera Museum

This is Ceno2’s work in conjunction with 2 younger female artists Bunga and Kare. It’s quite typical of his style, and also hard to miss because that building is really weird looking

Jalan Klapa

Walk further down Victoria Street and you should see more of Ernest Z’s commissioned work: Kids in Trolleys attracts a lot of people taking random photos because of the supermarket cart attached to it, as well as the Kids in/on Giant Exclamation Mark on the side of the AMC building.

Singapore Street Art ErnestZ Kids in Trolleys

Singapore Street Art ErnestZ Kids in Trolleys – the trolley is sawn in 2 and fixed to the wall

Singapore Street Art ErnestZ Kids Exclamation Mark

Kids in Exclamation Mark by Ernest Zacharevic. Can you see a kid right on top making an escape?

Singapore Street Art ErnestZ Kid Exclamation Mark

This piece is on the side of the AMC building facing the back alleyway

Jalan Sultan

Don’t forget to walk further down to the junction of Jalan Sultan and you’ll see the last Ernest Zacharevic piece: Boy in Window along a stretch of blank wall. I think this piece was updated or repainted at some point because my old pix had a grey wall/white window, but this latest shot in 2019 has a white wall/grey window

Location: Wall at corner of Jalan Sultan and Victoria Street junction

Singapore Street Art ErnestZ Boy in Window Grey

Boy in window by Ernest Zacharevic. They repainted and repaired the wall at some point.

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Aliwal Street

Most of the works at Aliwal Street can be found at the Aliwal Arts Centre which houses many different arts groups, including one of Singapore’s more popular street art crews RSCLS (say Rascals) on its second level. Pop by their studio when they have events, or look for their works all around the building – there are several walls here with works that change often, a rarity as most walls are commissioned in Singapore and rarely change.

Aliwal Arts Centre Side and Back Alley

The side alley has 2 smaller walls while the back alley has 1 very large wall. Also keep your eyes peeled for this tiny piece by Italian artist Alice Pasquini who did a little piece in the corner of the side alley area when she came to Singapore in 2013 to work on another piece for a school.

Location: 20 Aliwal Street

Singapore Street Art Aliwal Back Slacsatu SW

Back Wall: This piece is from 2016 by Singaporean artist Slacsatu from the ZNC crew – I love the crazy amount of detail in here

Singapore Street Art Aliwal Side Lion Kilas

Side wall (smaller): This work is from 2017 by Singaporean artist Kilas

Singapore Street Art Aliwal Side Lions

Side wall (Larger): Right next to the Kilas work above, these seems to be a series of lions but all done by different artists with their own unique styles.

Singapore Street Art Aliwal Alice Pasquini

by Alice Pasquini. This is pretty small and sits above the electrical box facing the side alley walls. There used to be a lot of pen scribblings on the wall behind this piece

There is a nice wall on the wall right next to the entrance of the side alley painted by Singaporean artist Slacsatu called Batik for Aliwal Urban Arts Festival 2019 – it’s an updated piece of another work he has that you’ll see at the Sultan Arts Centre nearby (scroll down for more)

Singapore Street Art Aliwal Street Slacsatu Batik

AlphaBatik by Slacsatu: You can see the side alley wall on the left

Others

Location: Junction of Beach Road and Jalan Sultan

Singapore Street Art - Stuttgart Blackforest Tree Close up

I don’t know whose work this is or who commissioned it, but it is kinda cute

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Sultan Arts Village

This rather obscure little building is easy to miss, a tiny arts enclave just a few roads down from Aliwal Arts Centre in front of the entrance to the Malay Heritage Centre. It is home to The Black Book, a shop run by a graffiti crew ZincNiteCrew (aka ZNC), which sells spray paints and apparel. They also run the occasional graffiti battle here, so keep checking out their practice walls. There is art on the walls all around Sultan Arts Village building.

Location: 71 Sultan Gate (in front of entrance to Malay Heritage Centre)

Singapore Street Art Sultan Arts Village Slacsatu Batik

Batik by Slacsatu. Painted in 2012, this is one of my favourite street art pieces in Singapore. Now he has several newer versions with a slightly different style around the neighbourhood, but this is the OG piece

Singapore Street Art TheBlackBook

The Black Book Store is on the right, this is their courtyard lined with walls that sees many fresh works. Sometimes they hold events, other times they just paint for fun

Singapore Street Art Sultan Arts Village Drummer

This is a mural of a Malay drummer. Not sure who did it, but the words say ‘Sultan Arts Village’.

Singapore Street Art Sultan Arts Village Dancer

There are usually a lot of things or cars in front of this mural of a traditional Malay dancer and instruments and… pots? The scary mask on the right has since been replaced by the work below

Singapore Street Art Sultan Arts Village Bird

Look at this pretty bird! Anyone know the artist?

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Sultan Gate

FOMO

This was a commissioned piece by Singaporean artist Clog Two (usually seen these days as Ink&Clog with his partner InkTen) for the hipster foodcourt FOMO done in March 2018. It’s got a very distinct Japanese anime style that’s not quite like his usual stuff, but still super detailed and cute. The more you look at it, you start to feel a little trippy.

Location: 38 Sultan Gate

Singapore Street Art InkClog FOMO Pano

On level 1 of FOMO – entrance is on the right

Singapore Street Art InkClog FOMO 1

Kaijus by Clog Two

Singapore Street Art InkClog FOMO 2

Radioactive Crab by Clog Two

A.R.C

Down the road from Sultan Arts Village is a little alleyway where you can find this mural called Coffee Story by Yip Yew Chong aka YipYC. It was commissioned for the coffee house A.R.C. located on that corner (2019 update: the cafe itself seems to have closed and moved, but the mural is still there) and depicts various ways you can get your coffee in Singapore, from the traditional teh tarik and sock-filtered to the modern cafe and barista style.

Location: 29 Sultan Gate (side wall facing towards Beach Road)

Singapore Street Art Coffee Story All

Coffee Story by Yip YC: the coffee shop is just behind this wall. Hint: there’s a little cat under the teh tarik man’s window on the left!

Nearer Bussorah Street

Down the road from the Coffee Story piece is a new larger mural. I’m not sure if it’s complete at this point to be honest – I can’t decide if it’s mixing styles or still in sketch phase, but Kampung Spirit is definitely a reference to the surrounding Kampong Glam area. I couldn’t find a sign off, which is what makes me think it’s not quite done yet.

Singapore Street Art Kampung Spirit

Kampung Spirit

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Baghdad Street

Some smaller artworks that can be found off Baghdad Street as you stroll over from Sultan Gate.

Alleyway

This small alley between shops along Baghdad street now has a bunch of new works. This piece by TraseOne is titled Bejeweled: An Homage to Kampung Intan and was commissioned for the Singapore Heritage Festival in March 2019 – check out his very cool timelapse of painting this work in just 36 hours! The artwork was apparently inspired by the fact that Baghdad Street (once known as Kampung Intan) was once a popular trading spot for jewels and precious stones – Intan means Diamond and you could find Intan jewellery makers and goldsmiths around the area as well.

Location: alleyway off 12-14 Baghdad Street near junction of Arab Street

Singapore Street Art Baghdad Alley Ts1

Bejeweled: An Homage to Kampung Intan by TraseOne. You can see another work further inside.

This work is by Zero from Nov 2018 and shows some of the many typical things you can see around the Kampong Glam neighbourhood – recognise any familiar objects and landmarks?

Singapore Street Art Baghdad Zero

Kampong Glam by Zero

Singapore Street Art Baghdad Alley Zero

Here’s a wider shot of the back alley from the entrance. Baghdad Street is behind me in this shot

Look out for this wall facing the TraseOne piece and adjacent to Zero’s work. It’s part of the Gelam Gallery which I will talk a little bit more about below.

Singapore Street Art Baghdad Alley Gelam Gallery

Gelam Gallery – this particular piece is called Unicorn Stack by Kass

Muscat Street

In July 2019, Gelam Gallery was created along 2 streets on either side the pedestrianised Bussorah Street that leads to the mosque. Both these streets seem to be named Muscat Street according to Google Maps (weirdly). These used to just be back alleys and where the dustbins are located, but has since been transformed into what they are calling Singapore’s first outdoor art gallery, and it’s a little different from your usual street art and murals as there are little artist plaques at the side of each work.

I’m not sure how often they might refresh these works, but right now you’ll find a mix of artists here, from known street art names like SlacSatu to up and coming artists fresh from local art schools like La Salle and NAFA. I’m not putting up all the works here, just some of my favourites:

Singapore Street Art Gelam Gallery Entrance

Entrance to the backlane – the Sultan Mosque is somewhere to my right

Singapore Street Art Gelam Gallery AndharRas Hands

I love these hands and marbles by Malaysian artist Andharas

Singapore Street Art Gelam Gallery BoonBaked Fisherman

Singaporean artist Boon Baked aka BAKED painted a cool fisherman using a handreel

Singapore Street Art Gelam Gallery Sei10

Japanese tattoo artist Sei Nishiyama does large scale tattoos and goes by Sei10 on the walls – I can imagine this on someone’s skin, it’s really stunning work 

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Haji Lane

This lane is more famous for its hipster shops and attracts photographers looking for a colourful yet traditional shophouse backdrop; it is one of the spots in Singapore which has had street art for quite a long time before it got hip. You’ll see more works by ZNC here, and quite a lot by JabaOne concentrated at the buildings on the Beach Road end leading up to the alleyway linking Arab Street and Haji Lane. Some of the other shops have got into the act as well, with artwork on their shopfronts, it’s definitely a visually exciting place.

Arab Street-Haji Lane Linkway

The small alleyway is lined with murals on both sides by some of Singapore’s top street artists. 

Location: Alleyway linking Arab Street and Haji Lane (opposite junction of Arab Street and Baghdad Street)

Singapore Street Art Haji-Arab Linkway

Singapore Street Art Haji-Arab Linkway

This work is by Slac, Asno and Myow of the ZNC crew, another longstanding graffiti crew in Singapore, it’s probably one of the older pieces found here Kampong Glam, dating back to . Slac painted over the right 2/3s of the work so only the lady figure is left, and the lamp is releasing some batik colourfulness.

Singapore Street Art Haji-Arab Linkway Slac

Here’s what it looks like now in 2019 – I’m not sure when he updated it, but I’m guessing it’s sometime in early/mid 2019

Singapore Street Art ZNC Haji Lane

Here’s what it used to look like before – I have photos dating back to 2014 but I’m pretty sure this was done much earlier

This colourful piece by Sheryo and the Yok is from the SG50 street art exchange and collaboration with the Australian High Commission in 2015. It’s called Textiles and meant to reflect the colour and pattern of all the fabric in the textile shops you can find along Arab Street.

Singapore Street Art Sheryo Yok Textiles Pano

Textiles by Sheryo and the Yok

Here’s another work by Ceno2, this time for The Singapura Club restaurant and features some pretty outstanding portraits of Singaporeans from different ethnic groups in black and white. Come early if you want to take pictures though because it’s pretty hard when the restaurant is open.

Location: 26 Haji Lane

Singapore Street Art Haji Singapura Club Ceno

Singapura Club by Ceno2

Piedra Negra/Blu Jaz

There are a whole bunch of works by Didier Jaba Mathieu or Jaba in this area commissioned by the owners of Piedra Negra. This area sees so many tourists and photographers, but it is one of the prettiest and most colourful parts of Kampong Glam.

Location: Juice Clinic, 27 Haji Lane (cross junction of linkway and Haji Lane)

Singapore Street Art Juice Jaba Bird

El Vuelo del Cálao by Jaba – it used to be a blue artwork but was revamped by Jaba in Nov 2018 to this hot pink bird

This particular Aztec piece from 2011 is pretty impressive but quite impossible to photograph properly because the alleyway is so narrow. Check out Jaba’s photos for a montage of the full artwork.

Location: Junction of Haji Lane and Beach Road

Singapore Street Art Haji Lane PiedraNegra Jaba Aztec

Love the vivid colours

Singapore Street Art Haji Lane PiedraNegra Jaba Aztec Fisheye

This is me using a fish eye lens standing right against the wall

This giant piece on Ophir Road was actually completed in phases – it was fully completed in May 2018, check out Jaba’s instagram for better pictures. Too many trees to take a good picture!

Location: Junction of Ophir Road and Beach Road

Singapore Street Art Ophir El Lio PiedraNegra Jaba

El Lío (The Clash) by Jaba – this wall has actually seen several different incarnations

Singapore Street Art Ophir PiedraNegra Jaba Warrior

A lone warrior

Location: Blu Jaz, 11 Bali Lane

Singapore Street Art Ophir BluJaz Jaba Face

Also a Jaba work that dates back to 2011

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No Longer There

Here are some of the older street art works that I liked but have either been painted over or removed, thought I’d keep them here for posterity.

Singapore Street Art - ZERO-KILAS Straits Records

24 Bali Lane – the famous Straits Records facade is done by ZERO and KILAS has now been replaced by a generic white wall since Straits Records moved

Singapore Street Art - Jaba Merdandy

These works by Jaba were painted over by Ceno’s work when Merdandy moved out and Singapura Club moved in

Singapore Street Art - Merlion LR

Hidden amidst the trees is this funky merlion by Aussie street artist Mistery, now covered by Jaba’s work

Singapore Street Art Muscat Zero

Zero’s work used to be along Muscat street, but it got painted over when Gelam Gallery was created

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Google Map of Singapore Street Art

Of course as you wander around the area, you might across more than these artworks I’ve listed here – I’ve spotted several other pieces, but these are the main spots you’re likely to see more works, if you do find new areas to highlight, do let me know!

As you can see, I’ve been looking at Singapore’s street art scene a little bit more closely and started a side project to start documenting the locations and artworks so that people visiting Singapore know where to go and whose work they’re looking at. Street art is only starting to catch on, and it’s still illegal if you do it on public property without permission, but many building owners are starting to become more open to the idea of urban art on their buildings. Also, there are some spots which are legal for street artists to practice, like *SCAPE and the Rail Corridor at Commonwealth viaduct.

Do check out my side project Singapore Street Art on instagram @singaporestreetart – it aims to document all past and present street art in Singapore. Hashtag #singaporestreetart if you find anything cool that should be featured here.

Looking for more street art? See the full list here or check out these other locations in Singapore:

Comments

  1. Thank you Jaclynn for these amazing guides – I love street art especially in Little India as they are so relevant to local Indian culture and based on your guides I have already discovered most… also Kampong Glam last weekend where I tried also Voicemap though in the end I got little lost from route when not following it exactly :D Heading to Chinatown next after finding some missing pieces in Little India this weekend that I have not managed to see yet

    1. Author

      I think I might need to update the Voicemap guide a little, but thanks for the feedback! At which point did you get lost? So that I can take that into consideration when I review :)

      Glad you found the guides useful, happy street art hunting!

  2. Hey Jaclynn – Guess what? I ticked off Kampong Glam and Little India precinct today. Had a great time following your guided trail. Thank you. And I didn’t realise that it would be a great exercise too. Close to 20,000 steps . Can you guide me re artworks in Joo Chiat?? I live close by and would love to capture some artworks.

    Thanks and warm regards
    Girish

    1. Author

      Glad you enjoyed yourself Girish! Well I’m not aware of any large clusters of work in Joo Chiat like you can find in Kampong Glam, but there is an Ernest Zacharevic jousting boys work there, so if you click on the Google Map and go to ‘East Side’, that’s where most of the relatively east-located works I know of can be found.

  3. Nice post :) enjoyed it .. the Singapore graffiti scene does hosts events regularly where newer writers/artist participate with the more experienced guys. Thanks for the re-post of our crew’s piece on your instagram :) feel free to drop by any of the local graffiti events.

      1. Hi again!
        There is a new space that recently opened up at 369 Tanjong Katong road.
        You should totally check it out to get some cool pics. It has been opened to artists over the past couple of months a collaboration with NAC and SLA. The building will be demolished in December 2017 if I’m not wrong.

        1. Author

          I heard about it and have been seeing the pix, but never got around to it yet and didn’t realise it’s gonna be demolished, better get going soon then thanks for the tip!

          1. Sure no worries.. it is locked so you would have to contact one of the artists who are going down to paint ot NAC to get access

  4. So glad I stumbled across your page before our trip, I will be sure to check out some nearby to where we are staying.

    1. Author

      hope you find it useful! check out the Voicemap audio tour of the street art in the area as well for something a little different :)

  5. Thanks for the great streetart guides for Singapore. I’ll be there in a few weeks time and looking forward to using them. Has saved me a lot of research on Instagram.

    1. Author

      Glad you found it helpful and I hope you have a great time! Check out instagram.com/singaporestreetart which is my side instagram account specifically for awesome street art works around Singapore :)

      1. I’ve been following your streetart instagram account for a few months now but only just found the blog

  6. There’s one in an alley off serangoon road between lavender street and 7eleven/shell. North side of serangoon street… The alley has a Chinese style gate.
    It depicts a bar scene with a rock band.

      1. On the other side of serangoon road there is a corner restaurant ‘the French stall’ their shutters are in graffiti too, you’ll have to come before they open, though.
        And I ran into Yip Yew Chong yesterday in Everton rd, there’s new work in progress. ;-)

  7. There’s a pair of gold fish on one of the buildings along tiong bahru area…

  8. Hi Jaclynn! Thanks for this article! I’m a huge fan of street art too and have started to notice recently that Singapore has had more street art murals popping up on obscure walls! This is a fantastic guide to start exploring with (:

  9. Big thanks for that! Going to SGP tomorrow for the 5th time or so and willing to explore smth different this time, you article is very helpful! :)

    1. Author

      thanks emiwdrodze and have fun! you just might see some new stuff and if you do find new locations, so share, am happy to update my post accordingly! :)

  10. awesome piece. i never knew Ernest did those pieces along victoria street!

    1. Author

      Yes indeed Neil – it’s nice that we have some of his works on our streets too :)
      He has another piece in Joo Chiat too!

  11. Hello Joan,

    My name is Richard Tassart,I’m French and live in Paris. You certainly know Paris is an important city of street art. I write in a local blog posts on street art. Like a critic I try to analyse the works.
    Thanks for your blog ( my future daughter in law who lives in Singapore told me that street art does not exist in town.She gave me the link of your blog).
    The blog I write is Canal street (I sign Richard)

    My son and his wife will live in Songapore soon. I go in Singapore for the wedding on October.
    Congratulations.

    Richard.

    1. Author

      Bonjour Richard and thanks for leaving a note, merci beaucoup! :)
      I haven’t seen the street art in Paris, though that’s probably because I only got more interested in it recently.
      Congratulations to your family and I hope you enjoy your time in Singapore

  12. Wow, street art really really is quite hard to find in Singapore and I’m so glad that you’ve shared about these hidden gems!

    1. Author

      thanks Joan! There are more spots emerging though, the harder I look! I hope that the new SingaporeStreetArt project makes it easier for people to stumble upon these gems :)

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