走走。Kia Kia |
Penang Shophouses Walking Tour Kit


The project aims to tell a visual history of culture and architecture of Penang (Malaysia) shophouses that celebrates the influence from both eastern and western.


Kancil Awards, Kancil Students 2019: Bronze in Best Use of Cultural Insights, Merit in Static Visual Aesthetics (Art Direction)

/ publication design, illustration,
art direction.




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The idea 走走。Kia Kia encourages people to explore, wander and rediscover the city.



There is so much more behind the colourful, highly decorated facades; the eye-catching colourful geometric patterns tiles plastered across the wall and floor of the kaki lima. Thus, by exploring, people are able to indulge themselves in the walk, disconnect to connect with the heritage sites and discover its value.

However, these heritage shophouses are taken for granted; not valued nor appreciated, demolished in the name of development. The living traditions of traditional artisans started to lose their home. Mainly caused by the ignorance about the origin and history of these ingenious architecture.







The kit consists of:

01. Three zines of different topics
a. introduction
introduce you to the origin, types of shophouses in Penang

b. characteristics
gives you an idea of what makes a shophouse, a shophouse

c. documentary
documents the special traditional trades, little conversations in Penang

02. Brochure Map
03. Penang Hokkien slang boo
04. Postcards
05. Stickers
06. Vouchers
07.  Lots of adventures!