Painting the town red: Street Art at Kota Bharu

Of colour pop and street hop

Street Art by Fazirul Ezan

The cute little town of Kota Bharu has a lot to offer. We intend to highlight the artsy side to it through this post.


Where: Jalan Dato Pati, Bandar Kota Bharu, 15000

Landmark: Near the State Museum, behind the line-up of shop-houses

Let’s dive in: 

Vibrant hues and painted doors
Harvest season: plucking fruits, dates and berries
Spotted this tiny fish near the crevices of a shop house
I thought I was going to paint the town red – looks like it went the other way round
Do you see letters, numbers or a figure?
Perfect example of a 3D representation
“Hello” says the ‘Simple Life’
Of prayers and blessings…
Tip: Take a sharp turn around the corner so that you don’t miss the adjacent wall
If you’ve watched the Shadow Play or Wayang Kulit, you’ll know what this is about…
Let’s fly away: Check out the detailing on the carpet
I love Bahaso Kelate (local language)
Beautiful conversations through the window…
Palestine war depictions all along the wall…
Drinking water, village style
What do you think it is? I think it’s centred around an explosion.
When it’s all about the space: power rangers and more…
Eeks! That’s a rat…

Hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of our 20 favourite pieces of art at Kota Bharu. Whenever you head to the museums, city centre or culture hub, make sure you stop by and click a few pictures here.

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91 thoughts on “Painting the town red: Street Art at Kota Bharu

  1. Thanks for that, Yukti. Yes, it’s not a well known city, but it’s the place where I’m currently living at, and there is so much to see and do here. 🙂 Thanks for appreciating the art…

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  2. It’s amazing! You are actually a wonderful artist. Kota Bharu is an adorable place! Colorful street art with 3D paintings always amazes me. You made the city so beautiful. This is your love and pride in your country. I would love to go Kha Bharu for taking inspiration in street art.

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  3. Wow, thank you! I thoroughly enjoyed making my way through this post. The artwork is all incredible, love the colors. An eclectic mix of beauty and human emotion.

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  4. I love the pants you have on here (the blue ones)! I adore seeing the beautiful street art in some places, and what you’ve shown here doesn’t disappoint. I’m kind of glad places are allowing some of this art to remain.

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  5. Wow you have covered such a hidden treasure in your post. Colorful street art with 3D paintings always amazes me but they are not on famous itineraries of tour planners. By reading such posts we come to know about such things. As I love painting and an artist, I would love to go Khota Baru for taking inspiration in my art. Nice post.

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  6. Your beautiful post made me smile, then smile again! I love having a peek at all the wonderful places around the world. The colorful town of Kota Bharu looks so special. My heart is filled with wanderlust for Malaysia!

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  7. I love all the beautiful paintings. The fish is such a cute find. I would love to go see these all in person. My favorite is the swing photo.

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  8. My gosh the art around the city is amazing! This is a photographer’s heaven. I just as t to walk around the city and sitesee. You’ve really captured some good shots here!

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  9. I love exploring the artistic expressions of locals in a new place. This adds so much colour to the entire trip. I loved the pic of the man with the 3 d effect… outstanding!

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  10. I’ve of course seen blog posts on street art before, but i don’t think I’ve ever seen the blogger interact with the art, not nearly in the way you’ve done it. Interesting that you thought about each piece and how to present it.

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  11. Wow, I absolutely love your photos – they have so much colour in them! 🙂 I would love to visit this place with so much amazing street art. I love the first picture with the balloons!

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  12. I’ve never heard of Kota Bharu but I must visit next time I am in Malaysia. There is so much detailed street art there, I would love to photograph it. I like how they’ve designed it so those checking it out can be a part of the art.

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  13. Is this place in Malaysia? You know what I love murals so much, I wonder why don’t every city have a place devoted to murals! I am thinking of painting murals on the walls of my parent’s house! I loved the carpet murals portrayed here. Never had the idea of painting the floor too! You just inspired me so much. Thank you for capturing these awesome photos!

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  14. What an impressive collection of street art. I also love seeing them when I visit a new city. But this one is just filled with so many of them. I love how street art adds character to a city and makes it walkable because there are so many to see and take pictures of!

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  15. What beautiful and vibrant pieces of street art! I’ve only visited the capital, but Kota Bharu looks very interesting! I’d be keen to know what inspired the art. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I have recently discovered the colorful work that street art takes you too and I love trying to find it every destination I go to. I wish I knew about the beautiful art in Kota Bharu when I visited Malaysia, a few years ago. It is definitely a reason to return to though. It’s so impressive the amount of details these murals have in them.

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  17. A city with such vivid inforgraphic is a treat to the eyes for sure. Loved reading the write up. Thanks for sharing.
    PS: Congratulation on the blog win!

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