Visit Malaysia: Laman Seni, Shah Alam

Visit Malaysia: Laman Seni, Shah Alam

I am a Shah Alam guy. Shah Alam is the capital city for the state of Selangor after former capital, Kuala Lumpur, was made a Federal Territory and the capital city of Malaysia. I have lived here for 22 years and have seen how the city developed over times. Shah Alam is also where my alma mater, Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia (UiTM) is located. And now, Shah Alam has a new attraction: Laman Seni or loosely translated as Art Spot.

Previously, this lane was dark and dirty. Now, it is an attraction by itself.

Click here to read on another attraction in Shah Alam: The Blue Mosque.

Murals depicting life in school: children disembarking from a school bus and a discipline teacher waiting at the far right of the mural indicating the students are late for school.

Laman Seni Shah Alam is located on the back lane of shop houses in Section 2, near UiTM’s Meranti Residential College. Section 2 is the meeting point for students of UiTM and a nearby secondary school to buy stationary, to do photocopy, binding, to surf the Internet at the various Internet cafes and to quench thirst by having a cup of slurpee from the 7-Eleven.

Kedai Maria, UiTM and Slurpee: 3 things connected to the surrounding of this place.
Life of a student: 7-Eleven, Kedai Maria, Clinic and lepak time!

When I was still an undergraduate student, I always go to Section 2 by taking a public bus when I was staying inside the campus, by walking when I was staying at a residential college outside the campus, and by car when I was staying at a rented house. I have also taken the now-defunct mini buses every now and then back then.

The now-defunct mini bus, previously roaming the streets in Shah Alam with cheap fares.

And all these memories are encapsulated by the murals painted at Laman Seni, Shah Alam.

3D art: setting of a classroom with the blackboard showing the duty roaster of a class.

We should not compare the murals here to the ones painted by Ernest Zacharevic in Penang or the murals in Gopeng [read here] and the efforts shown and the outcome of the murals at Laman Seni should be commended. After all, it serves as a proof that art is still up and alive in Malaysia.

Laman Seni, Shah Alam.

Besides, the existence of Laman Seni serves as the spot for artists to show their talent without being caught for vandalism. The best part for me personally about the murals here is the fact that most of the murals are connected to the locals. It tells the story of the place and its surrounding.

One of the abstract murals.
Another abstract mural.
And another.

For me who had spent my 5 years at UiTM from foundation studies to my Bachelor degree, seeing murals which depict life at the area is like a silent journey down memory lane. Furthermore, this back lane previously was a dark and dirty lane, full with rubbish and rats. To see it becomes something beautiful and artsy was never in my mind before.

This is not a propaganda mural like in North Korea. Lol.
The old days when photos were processed using negative film.

If by chance you are in Shah Alam, pay a visit to Laman Seni. After all, it is free. Treat it as an open air art gallery and you will enjoy your visit there.

A wall for graffiti artist to show their talents.

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance” – Aristotle

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Laman Seni Shah Alam is situated at Section 2 of Shah Alam, not far from the Shah Alam Lakes Gardens. If you are driving via the Federal Highway, take exit 212 towards the Shah Alam City Centre and exit to Section 2. If you are taking the bus or train from KL, disembark at Hentian Bas Pusat Bandar and Shah Alam KTM Station respectively and grab a taxi from there.

This article can also be read in Virtual Malaysia, #1 Malaysia Social Travel Channel.

18 Replies to “Visit Malaysia: Laman Seni, Shah Alam”

    1. Oklah dede, kira ada macam-macam penambahbaikan lagi di sini. Oh dekat saja laman seni sama i-city. kalau naik kereta, 10-15 minit udah sampai! 🙂

    1. Haha, yeah totally a down memory lane walk for me ^_^. I have never tried the blue one. I have taken the pink one before. But all mini buses have extinct now. Hehe

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