Urban Sketching Postcard Tour

George Town, Malaysia

Experience hosted by Py

  1. 3.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English and Chinese (Simplified)

What you'll do

I'll take you on a cultural and historical walk in this UNESCO Heritage Site.

Sketch The Past
We will start our journey at one of the oldest street in Penang - Beach Street. Having stroll in there, you'll get to see many British colonial architecture buildings along the street, I'll share you the story of the street and buildings. Then, sketch it along roadside together!

Sketch The Present
Then, we will continue our journey to Pitt street - where four local places of worship from different religion - Taoism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam - all are located along this street. This would be the best place for you to see the uniqueness of our multiracial community in Penang. I'll tell you some fun facts about different believer would have different list of dos and don'ts. You will also get to choose your favourite worship building to sketch as your second postcard too!

Sketch Penang Shophouse
Moreover, we will proceed to Church street. I'll will show you the pre-Second World War shophouses, and share some well-preserved examples of urban structures with you. I'll share to you the way the local authorities conserve and rejuvenate shophouses to maintain our UNESCO heritage value! So then here's where our third postcard born, you will get to choose your favourite style of shophouses to sketch!

And if you’re lucky! You’ll get to meet local friends of mine and sketch together!
Other things to note
Do make your booking a day ahead for my preparation! Thanks and hope to see you!
I'll take you on a cultural and historical walk in this UNESCO Heritage Site.

Sketch The Past
We will start our journey at one of the oldest street in Penang - Beach Street. Having stroll in there, you'll get to see many British colonial architecture buildings along the street, I'll share you the story of the street and buildings. Then, sketch it along roadside together!

Sketch The Present
Then, we will continue o…

What's included

  • Equipment
    postcard watercolour paper, watercolour, pastel, technical pen & pencil, yo...

Meet your Host, Py

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 4 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I'm an architecture postgraduate student and also member of Urban Sketcher Penang Group. Born and raised in Penang, pursuing architecture in the only APEX university in Malaysia (University Science Malaysia). I've been active in Urban Sketcher Penang Group, exploring Penang thru sketches with a bunch of passionate and decent artists & architects.

These two disciplines have created a direct links between my education as an architect while my interest & hobby as an artist, making me more easier to bring you to sketch at local Penang's favourite spot & explaining every story of architecture & history existed in every nook and cranny of Penang from a local professional's perspective.

As an passionate artist, I wish to share my hobby with you.
As an future architect, I'm happy to tell the story & history of architecture in Penang to you.
I'm an architecture postgraduate student and also member of Urban Sketcher Penang Group. Born and raised in Penang, pursuing architecture in the only APEX university in Malaysia (University Science Malaysia). I've been active in Urban Sketcher Penang Group, exploring Penang thru sketches with a bunch of passionate and decent artists & architects.

These two disciplines have created a direct links between my education as an architect while my interest & hobby as an artist, making me m…
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From $37/ person

$46 per person
$46 per person
$46 per person

Where you'll be

We will be walking down the streets in Georgetown and explore heritage buildings from Beach street to Pitt Street then to Church street.
These three streets have special emphasis on penang multiethnic’s community, diverse tradition and rich of historical architecture!
You are able to witness the ensemble of structures representing various periods of regional history. These places are just less than 5 minutes walking from each other.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 4 reviews.

Apryll
December 2021
My partner and I really enjoyed our urban sketching experience with Py & Wei. They had great knowledge of George Town’s past and present. They provided all the sketching material and knowledge and even gave us some great suggestion of cafes. Overall our experience was awesome! Thank you!!
Joan
January 2020
Py was a wonderful host. My daughter and I learning about the architectural history of Georgetown and enjoyed sketching the cityscape. After the class, we bought paper, pens and watercolors so we could sketch on the rest of our trip in Malaysia. A fun and unique experience.
Kate
January 2020
This tour was really awesome! We learned a ton and enjoyed sketching three unique buildings. They brought all the supplies and inspired us to urban sketch during the rest of our trip. They really did a lot to make it personal - taking pictures of us, giving advice on sketching, and having a strong understanding of the architectural design. Highly recommend :)
Liz
September 2019
Me and my sister had an amazing time on Py's urban sketching tour. We both felt that we saw a different side of Penang that we wouldn't necessarily experience otherwise, and both Py and Wei were super friendly and knowledgeable about the architecture (and also gave us some great sketching tips). I really recommend this experience :)

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  • Sat, Jan 22
    8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    $46 per person
  • Sun, Jan 23
    8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    $46 per person
  • Sat, Jan 29
    8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    $46 per person
  • Sun, Jan 30
    8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    $46 per person
  • Sat, Feb 5
    8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    $37 per person, previously $46
  • Sun, Feb 6
    8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    $37 per person, previously $46
  • Sat, Feb 12
    8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    $37 per person, previously $46
  • Sun, Feb 13
    8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    $37 per person, previously $46

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 5 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.