Ed Sheeran plays badminton with Peng Soon, tries batik painting, lou sang in KL


Ed Sheeran faced off with shuttler Peng Soon and indulged in various activities during his time in KL. Photos: Mark Surridge, Ed Sheeran/Instagram

British pop sensation Ed Sheeran has shared a glimpse of his adventures in Malaysia recently.

He gave fans the Perfect concert experience at his Mathematics Tour at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 24.

During his stay in Malaysia, Sheeran, 33, took a step away from the spotlight to experience the rich culture of the country's capital.

In an Instagram Reel posted on Feb 25, the Shape Of You hitmaker could be seen trying batik painting with a select group of lucky fans.

“I love painting at home. Whilst out in Malaysia, I wanted to try some traditional batik and do some wax painting,” he said, adding that he would like to display his artwork at his private pub in Suffolk, England.

Following the batik painting session, Sheeran stopped by a traditional barber shop, established in 1937, for a refreshing shave.

“Probably the cleanest shave I’ve ever had,” the singer said with a satisfied smile.

The highlight of the video was when Sheeran met up with mixed doubles shuttler Chan Peng Soon for a friendly round of badminton. He was joined by local content creators Jinny Boy and Joseph.

“Badminton is huge in Malaysia, but I had to call in some reinforcements,” said the four-time Grammy Award winner.

In an Instagram post, Peng Soon – a 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist – praised Sheeran for playing badminton well and said he might try singing when he goes to England one day.

Prior to the KL show, Sheeran and his bandmates learned about the significance of tossing yee sang and took part in the lou sang session backstage.

Warner Music issued a statement saying that the cultural exchange provided Sheeran and his team with a "unique and memorable experience, deepening their connection with Malaysian traditions".

The singer’s efforts to embrace local customs didn’t go unnoticed by fellow Malaysians, who left comments praising him.

“Love how you embrace the culture of all the countries you visit on your tours,” said one netizen.

Another added: “Glad that you love it here! Please come back here more often.”

Check out Sheeran's fun-filled adventures in the video below:

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