Everyone who has ever visited Malaysia knows about the impressive street art in Penang. However as cool as that artwork may be, it is nowhere near as awesome as the Shah Alam street art scene known as Laman Seni 7, just a short train ride away from Kuala Lumpur city center.
Welcome to Laman Seni 7
Covering two blocks in the shape of a U, all the artwork in Laman Seni 7 (roughly translated as “art yard 7”) was done in 2014 by some of Malaysia’s best street artists. However you won’t find this place on TripAdvisor — it is one of those fantastic places that only locals know about. (Map and directions at the end of the post.)
The Best Street Art In Malaysia
One of the coolest things about the Shah Alam street art is that each mural is accompanied by a plaque featuring both the name of the artwork and the artist, along with a paragraph explaining it. Most are in English, however a few are in Malay.
Street Art…With A Story
There is always a story and a message behind street art, but often times these are only known to the artist or are left up to interpretation by the viewer. Not the case here in Shah Alam. My favorite piece here is set in the year 2047 — it is a huge three-piece mural stretched across an entire alley depicting the view from the cockpit of a spaceship (airdrone).
Here are each of the three pieces in greater detail:
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Super Stylish Street Art
Most of the murals in Shah Alam are very elaborate, even thought-provoking. They were created during June 2014 and officially unveiled on June 22nd, 2014. Certain things such as what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370 remain as important of a question nowadays as they were three years ago. Will the puzzle of Flight 370 ever be solved?
3D Street Art
Much of the street art in Penang is actually 3D artwork, with many pieces actually being metal wire art, as opposed to graffiti art. Unfortunately many of the 3D murals of Shah Alam have not withstood the test of time as well. Below are then and now photos of the Super Mario World mural. I didn’t even realize that it used to be 3-dimensional until doing some additional research on Laman Seni 7 this morning. (“then” photo via Juliana Lee — see more)
Same with the 3D undersea mural pictured below. Back in 2014 those plastic water bottles hanging on wires were actually a huge flock of blue fish.
Similarities With The Street Art of Penang
Several of the works bear a striking resemblance to murals in Penang. One can only assume that the same artist is behind both.
Where To Find The Shah Alam Street Art
The easiest way to get to Laman Seni 7 is via the KTM Komuter train. This is the same line that goes Batu Caves, however instead of heading north you want to go south towards Klang and disembark at Padang Jawa (station KD12). From there Laman Seni 7 is a just a short taxi ride away.
Alternatively, you can also take the Kelana Jaya LRT to Subang Jaya (station KJ28 / KD09) and from their either transfer to the KTM Komuter line, or take a taxi from there.