A few miles west of Kuala Lumpur is the city of Shah Alam, Malaysia’s first planned city and state capital of Selangor. One of the key attractions in Seksyen 7, tucked away in an alley behind some shops is Laman Seni 7 (which roughly translates as ‘Art page’).
The pedestrianised alley is an open air art gallery showcasing some winning street art concepts from a competition organised by the city council in 2014. The works on display vary between 3D track art and images with a message and has plenty of Instagrammable moments. The works are such that they make interesting snaps in themselves or they allow for some fun interaction.
The street art in Penang and Melaka is well-known to toursists from around the globe, but the works in Shah Alam are equally is interesting despite being set in less historical surroundings. Also, given that Laman Seni 7 was planned as an open air gallery, each work has a plaque offering an explanation, much like you find in museums.
It’s a great initiative that uses urban space that would otherwise simply be a back alley with the rubbish bins from the various shops that back onto it.
The nearest KTM station is Padang Jawa (roughly one hour form KL Sentral) and from there it’s a short taxi ride. For those with the time, there is another such alley a short ride away in Seksyen 2, called, surprisingly enought Laman Seni 2. Just remember to charge your phone before you set out.