Local artist Yip Yew Chong completes picture-worthy 3-storey mural art at Chinatown

Despite working alone, it only took him 24 days.

Nur Sabrina

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Published: 16 December 2021, 1:47 PM

If you love anything art-related, here’s a new mural painting you should visit.

Local artist Yip Yew Chong had just completed his three-storey artwork at 30 Temple Street in Chinatown. He posted about his work on Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday (Dec 15), which received plenty of positive feedback from netizens.  

The painting, which took 24 days to complete, was inspired by the theme of his broad memories of Chinatown in the 1970s and 80s where he grew up. There were also some personal touches to his work, like a painting of his mother.


The self-taught artist had also painted his mother in another mural, ‘My Chinatown Home’, just across the street. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/YIP YEW CHONG


Yew Chong also said in his post that the coffee shop’s name in his painting is inspired by his late father’s – who also used to draw on the street floor in Chinatown as a child – name. 

In the same post, he said: “People would crowd around him to watch him draw. I believed he loved art, but never had the chance to pursue it. He was a shipyard fitter most of his life. I am thankful I am able to do art.”


You might want to watch out for the uncle pouring tea. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/YIP YEW CHONG


The paintings were very detailed, from shadows to faces, looking like a real-life coffee shop. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/YIP YEW CHONG


“I painted lots of details in the coffee shop scene, enough for you to feel like you have walked into it. You can even see lizard crawling and rubber bands hung on the wall,” Yew Chong said.

So if you happen to be in Chinatown, do stop by the paintings to snap some photos of a reminiscence of the old Singapore. 

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