Get your #nofilterneeded hashtag ready and practise your #selfie face, Sheung Wan's street art is perfect for your Instagram

Get your #nofilterneeded hashtag ready and practise your #selfie face, Sheung Wan's street art is perfect for your Instagram

From striking portraits to classic street scenes, the murals of Sheung Wan are begging to be snapped and shared. Here’s where to begin your journey.

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This colorful mural by Danish artist Christian Storm is perfect for #ootd shots.
Photo: Hana van de Wiel

Almost every corner you turn in Hong Kong presents a new photo op, as most of our Instagram feeds no doubt prove. But if you really want to vamp up your posts, head to the artsy neighbourhood of Sheung Wan, which over the past few years has become an outdoor gallery of vibrant murals. Here are seven streets you need to check out.

Shing Wong Street

This mural of two koi fish was completed as a part of the annual HK Walls festival, the biggest street art festival in Hong Kong. The Danish artist Christian Storm has created works in Russia, Asia, Europe and Mexico, but this is his first piece in Hong Kong – giving you a funky backdrop for all your #ootd snaps.

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Aberdeen Street

There are two gorgeous examples of street art just opposite the entrance to the PMQ. One is a recent work created to celebrate the opening of the Victoria’s Secret flagship store in Causeway Bay. Pose in front of the pastel angel wings for a playful, dreamy shot. Cars often pass through this street, though, so you may need to move fast to get your shot.

Right next to the wings is a wall managed by the photography gallery La Galerie Paris 1839. It changes the artwork on the wall with each new exhibition, to reflect the theme of its latest collection.

At the time of writing, the wall was painted a black to purple gradient that drew together into a red centre. It’s definitely worth hitting up this section of wall regularly to see what new creations grace it.

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The elegant bar scene depicted on Elgin Street is hidden from view when the dai dai pong next to it is open. Photo: Hana van de Wiel
Photo: Hana van de Wiel

Elgin Street
If monochrome chic is more your style, look no further than the classic black and white bar scene painted on 2 Elgin Street. Located below the Korean restaurant Seoul Bros, the mural is only fully visible when the dai pai dong that sets up on the pavement in front of it is closed. Still, it’s a view that is worth the wait.

Peel Street

The striking image of a laughing woman on the side of Uma Nota, a Japanese-Brazilian fusion restaurant at 38 Peel Street, was created by Elsa Jeandedieu Studio, a trio of talented local street artists. The woman’s flowery headdress, feather fan and the toucan by her shoulder together give the mural a tropical, holiday vibe. Your followers are sure to lap it up.

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Graham Street

The most recognisable street art in the city is probably the mural of Kowloon City’s skyline set against an intense blue sky on Hollywood Road. This artwork was created by the Hong Kong-based graffiti artist Alex Croft, in a collab with the G.O.D. store on Hollywood Road. This mural must have appeared on thousands of IG feeds by now, but that doesn’t diminish its appeal. It does get rather busy though, so if you want to avoid photobombing – or being photobombed by – a stranger, check out the other murals on this list before coming here.

Street artist Elsa Jean de Dieu finishing up her newest piece on Gough Street.
Photo: Hana van de Wiel

Gough Street
This already striking street work-in-progress, also by the Elsa Jeandedieu three, is bound to be even more amazing when it’s completed. The mural – depicting a woman with tumbling black curls, her mouth wide open in laughter – covers 10 metres of wall, so there’s plenty of space for a group shot with your squad.

Edited by Charlotte Ames-Ettridge

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Sheung Wan’s street art

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