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The Hin Bus Depot: Penang's Centre of Subculture

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Updated: 1 May 2018
The Hin Bus Depot is George Town’s trendiest place right now — and not just because of the exhibitions, the urban farming, and the Sunday pop-up market. This once-derelict bus station is Penang’s best-loved arts and culture hub. Locals are proud of it, visitors are impressed by it, and artists want to have a wall in it.
Irene Navarro /
Irene Navarro / | © Culture Trip

Come by the front entrance on Jalan Gurdwara and meet your (or Hin Bus’) very own up-cycled Sally Carrera. No, you’re not supposed to drive it, even if you fancy yourself a Piston Cup champion.

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Irene Navarro / | © Culture Trip

Who says you can’t picnic in town? Just bring your takeaway nasi (rice) from Deen Maju nearby and an espresso from Bricklin Cafe and you’ll be set for the afternoon.

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Irene Navarro / | © Culture Trip

Madrid-based artist Sabek completed this pair of swans on Hin Bus’ modish, dilapidated wall for the Urban Xchange festival in 2015. The swans are frolicking between the lawn and the mini skate park.

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Irene Navarro / | © Culture Trip

VANs may be the supplier of this mini skate park (where, on a good Sunday after the market has called it a day, you’ll find the local youth trying out their heel flips and kickbacks), but the mural on the left is supplied by Spain-based Jesus Moreno, whose work focuses on the interrelation between geometry, shapes, and colors.

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Irene Navarro / | © Culture Trip

Also commissioned for the 2015 Urban Xchange festival, this prowling Malayan tiger was completed by Hiroyasu Tsuri, also known as TwoOne. His art often features animal-headed, human-bodied creatures (but not this one, obviously).

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Irene Navarro / | © Culture Trip

The sad-looking woman holding a baby’s head is painted by Malaysia-based Khor Zew Wey, better known as Bibichun, and the sad little girl in blue is the work of Lithuanian-born Ernest Zacharevic, better known as himself. This wall is next to Bricklin Cafe (also within the Hin Bus compounds).

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Irene Navarro / | © Culture Trip

The side entrance features this quirky duo by Thai artist Patcharapol Tangruen, also known as Alex Face. Mardi (the child character on the right, with rabbit ears and a third eye) is the artist’s signature character and can be found all over the world.

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Irene Navarro / | © Culture Trip

Whatever this character is doing, he’s certainly not swatting flies. Painted by Taiwan-based artist Han Chun Yueh, better known as Candy Bird, this satirical and big-headed (literally) figure looks like he’s trying to find his own silver lining.

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Irene Navarro / | © Culture Trip

Make way for the babies! They’re tumbling ’round. The sculptures are courtesy of local artist Low Chee Peng, whose talents also include stone grinding and steel cutting.

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Irene Navarro / | © Culture Trip

Another piece by Ernest Zacharevic, the boy with a traffic cone on his head reminds Baby Boomers of the games they played in childhood, and may be a reminder for the rest of us to put down our mobile phones once in a while to welcome the sun. On the right is a piece by English artist Thomas Powell, whose Chinese zodiac series around George Town has impressed many a local and tourist.

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2018-04-29 at 9.39.04 PM

Keep your eyes peeled, or you might miss this self-censored figure painted by self-taught Iranian artist Nafir. His work focuses on social problems in Iran and the world.

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Irene Navarro / | © Culture Trip

Here’s a third piece by Ernest Zacherevic, who needs no introduction by now. If you can do the bridge, join in the fun — and take a selfie to prove it!