One of the most rewarding things to do when visiting Phuket Town is to search out and admire its street art murals. You’ll easily find the famous Red Tortoise and the Lion at the entrance to the Chinese shrine, as well as ‘Uncle’ and ‘Auntie’ selling o-taw if you wander through Phuket Old Town but there are new additions this year from local young artists as the ‘So Phuket’ team opens up opportunities for artists.
Miss Four, from ‘4studio’ the leader of ‘Street Art Season 2’ project talks about the additions: “This is the second project, continuing on from last year. As you may know last year, ‘So Phuket’ invited famous artists from different places. But this year we preferred to have local artists paint murals such as the portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Dibuk Road. It’s very touching and popular with both Thais and visitors. So, this is inspiring 4studio to produce more good work by local students and young artists. Each piece was inspired by the artists’ childhood memories and influenced by Phuket culture, food, and ceremonies.”
Thai, Chinese, and Muslim children form the base of this year’s theme and their mixed culture and living styles are a rich and heady subject. Let’s have a look where you can find these new street art additions.
Children with firecrackers
Opposite Ko Benz boiled rice
This mural depicts children in white playing with firecrackers while they wait for a street parade to arrive, part of the world-famous yearly vegetarian festival in Phuket.
The Bride and The Groom
At the entrance of Baan Chinpracha house.
Baan Chinpracha house is an old downtown house which is now open for visits. Inside you will find Sino-themed architecture and Baba dresses. The wall painting depicts how couples dressed to be married in the past.
Teacher and Students
At the entrance of Wat Kajorn Rangsan Temple
This small alley at the entrance of the temple has an image of a teacher and her students on its wall. The reason behind this theme is because Wat Kajorn Rangsan Temple was one of the first schools in Phuket.
In front of Café Inn – Thai Hua museum
O-aew is a local dessert that is perfect for the summer season as it’s cool and refreshing. If you visit the café, don’t forget to take a photo of the mural in front of the shop.
Motorbike repair shop
Thawatyon Motorbike Repair Shop at the Thalang-Krabi roads intersection
This is the oldest motorbike repair shop in Phuket Town and it has a tangible old-world atmosphere.
Hide and Seek
Rommanee Road (we’re not going to tell you where – look for yourself!)
Another pleasure of walking through Phuket Old Town is not only the beautiful Sino-Portuguese architecture but also the discreet street art on the buildings.
Sweet Dream Girl
In the small alley next to the Hongkong restaurant on Ratchada road
you’ll find a depiction of a girl dressed up in Baba style which means she must have been going to some special event… maybe a wedding ceremony. She’s depicted asleep on her bed with sweets in her hand.
Tu Kab Khao Restaurant on Phang-Nga Road
A Sia Nah or a Tiffin Carrier is an old-fashioned food container. The painting is colourful and perfect for a photo.
Uncle, Auntie and Children
Opposite Sangtam Shrine, Phang-Nga Road
This last piece is the continuation of the art work from the first season, following the murals of ‘Uncle’ and ‘Auntie’ selling o-taw. This, with the added children, makes the painting even livelier.