Indonesian slum makes a rainbow connection with tourists


An Insta-worthy makeover for urban decay

Semarang’s Rainbow Village has tourists flocking for an Insta-worthy snap or two. anggunsanjya/Instagram

Like the colourful favelas of Brazil, an informal settlement in Indonesia is getting a new lease on life with bright splashes of painting.

Around 232 homes in Wonosari Village, a depressed hillside settlement in the city of Semarang, now sport prismatic facades, thanks to the initiative of a high school principal.

The village has gained local fame of sorts, its rainbow walls and murals increasingly appearing in many Instagram feeds. The hillside location of the village further affords visitors an admirable, social-net-ready vista from afar.

The area, which has since been renamed Kampung Pelangi (lit. “Rainbow Village”), follows the tack of urban beautification projects in Malang and Yogyakarta.

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The project is the brainchild of high school principal Slamet Widodo, a resident in the area, and a coterie of local artists. Painters made sure each property in the village sported at least three colours. Benches and parks were not spared from the psychedelia.

“Hopefully Kampung Pelangi will be the biggest [colourful city]in Indonesia,” Widodo said.

The local community poured IDR300 million (USD22 million) into the project, with support from the Indonesian Builders Association of Semarang.

Widodo is aiming to expand his rainbow connection, as it were, to more properties in the village, which number around 390 homes.

Check out some of the selfies from the area:

#pelangi #rainbow #colorful

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