#StaySurprised with Street Art in the Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong Neighbourhood
“Blank walls are a shared canvas and we’re all artists.” – Carla H. Krueger
You might be tempted to think that the best way to learn about local culture is by visiting museums or iconic landmarks, but for a more unique way, how about ditching the gallery visits and touristy spots in exchange for street art? Let towering murals or hidden gems surprise you as you explore your new neighbourhood. Hotel Indigo invites you to #staysurprised with us, as we bring you on an artistic exploration of the best street art in Singapore, all within 15 minutes of the colourful Katong neighbourhood.
We begin the moment you check-in at Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong.
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
What will strike you as soon as you enter one of the 131 rooms are the murals all over the walls. Drawn by local urban artist and illustrator Don Low, the murals cast a spotlight on the country’s love for traditional food. From dining at a local coffee shop to hawker stalls selling local favourites like Bak gwa (barbequed honeyed pork slices), bak zhang (rice dumplings) and the King of Fruits, durian, you will get a flavour of culinary stories in the neighbourhood.
Kampong Glam – Aliwal Arts Centre
Want in on one of Singapore’s best kept secrets? Head to Aliwal Arts Centre at the historical Kampong Glam (the name coming from two Malay words for ‘village’ and tree’), just 12 minutes away from Katong, which houses a majestic 12m by 4.5m wall dedicated to street art. Belonging to local art collective RSCLS, a group of multi-talented and award winning street artists, this wall is an ever-changing canvas that promises to surprise visitors constantly.
Kampong Glam – Haji Lane
Venture further along the Kampong Glam area and head toward Haji Lane – a 200-meter stretch of boutiques and shops, including some of Singapore’s most beloved local designers, housed in beautiful shop houses.
As you get your retail therapy fix, it’s hard to miss the murals along Victoria Street by famed Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic. His works – The Girl with The Lion Cub and Kids in Trolleys – are all within walking distance of one another. As you catch a bite at any of the many cafes and bars, you’ll be surprised by the sprawling beautiful murals that don the walls – don’t forget to catch a photo for keepsakes!
If you’re a fan of the style of caricature street art, then you must take a walk down Waterloo Street at Bras Basah right by the popular art collective 222+51. Tucked in an alleyway, you’ll be greeted with an expansive wall of street art in bright and bold colours, filled with all sorts of caricature art, in part inspired by Japanese anime and others interpretations of local cultural symbols such as the Chinese guardian lions.
More than just a tourist hotspot, Chinatown also boasts 13 murals co-created by the residents themselves. Drawing upon the rich heritage and history of Chinatown, the artworks portray iconic scenes from the past, including the working Samsui women, Chinese New Year celebrations and everyday sights of the past such as residents enjoying the views of Chinatown. You may even spot some modern-day sights such as interpretations of Singapore’s famous Marina Bay Sands if you look carefully!