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The Hip Side of George Town

George Town’s Lebuh Armenian – Lebuh Acheh enclave (also known as LALA for short) is a quaint heritage neighbourhood well known for its majestic clan houses – Khoo Kongsi, Cheah Kongsi - and towering minarets – Masjid Kapitan Keling, Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh.


Skippy

The recent addition of street art and giant wire sculptures (Marking George Town) has added an extra dimension to the neighbourhood. Hunting for Ernest Zacharevic’s now iconic scenes of local life including Kids on Bicycle and Old Motorcycle has become a favourite pastime for visitors.

The new street art scene also features other artists like those that drew Skippy, a part of the 101 Lost Kittens Project.


Armenian Street is also home to a number of funky artisanal boutiques including, Studio Howard, Fuan Wong and Jonathan Yun Sculptural Jewelry, while Galeri Seni Mutiara showcases promising and established Malaysian artists. China Joe’s directly opposite the Yap Kongsi has a great collection of art books and Asian furniture. A recent addition to the neighbourhood is Ben’s Vintage Toy Museum along Acheh Street.

The LALA enclave is a convenient spot to rent a bike and explore more of George Town. Every Sunday, the area around Beach Street is “Car Free Day” making it a safe and easy way to see the city.