Kampung Pelangi, a small village in Indonesia, has transformed into something out of a fairytale. Previously a state of squalor, but now an amazing display of colors and rad, whimsical designs.
The Central Java community, located in a southern district of Semarang, spent more than $22k on the makeover in a bid to shake off its status as a slum.
The makeover was initiated by 54-year-old junior high principal Slamet Widodo, and was inspired by at least 3 other towns in the country that adopted similar paint jobs, and has turned at least 232 homes in Kampung Pelangi into works of art. Creative murals adorning the walls of narrow passageways burst with life, giving a veritable pulse to the whole village.
Tourists have definitely taken early notice of Indonesia’s growing rainbow village trend, and have flocked to them accordingly, including Kampung Pelangi. The investments made in revamping the former slum are already paying off as local businesses are seeing a rise in souvenir and food sales, according to the Indonesian Builders Association.