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Rainbow Village: Indonesian Government Invests $22,467 To Paint 232 Slum Houses, And Result Is Amazing
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Rainbow Village: Indonesian Government Invests $22,467 To Paint 232 Slum Houses, And Result Is Amazing

Why go somewhere over the rainbow when you can just hang out inside of it? Kampung Pelangi, a small village in Indonesia, has transformed itself into a stunning display of bright colours and whimsical designs, a huge departure from its former state of squalor.

The Central Java community, located in a southern district of Semarang, spent over $22k on the magnificent makeover in a bid to shake off its status as a degraded slum. Initiated by 54-year-old junior high principal Slamet Widodo, the project 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 sure to pay off, as local businesses are already seeing a rise in souvenir and food sales, according to the Indonesian Builders Association. It goes without saying that the lively, bohemian atmosphere of this newfound hot spot is also gold for Instagram shots!

A former run-down slum in Central Java, Indonesia has received a dazzling makeover

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It all started when junior high school principal Slamet Widodo, 52, saw the need to improve his community

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He proposed the painting of all 390 houses in Kampung Pelangi, his native village, in bright colours

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The government then pledged over $22k towards the initiative, and the transformation began

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Overseen by mayor Hendrar Prihadi, 232 homes in the area have now been adorned with art

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The project encourages “the active involvement of citizens in the improvement of their home,” says Prihadi

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In addition to filling the town with art, residents will also undertake the cleaning of the nearby river

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Kampung Pelangi follows the example of at least 3 other former slums, including the famous Jodipan Village

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Since beautifying their village, Kampung Pelangi has seen a sudden increase in international tourism

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It’s no surprise why – these rainbow streets are gold for Instagram photos, and #kampungpelangi is blowing up

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This rapid influx of visitors has led to a jump in local food and souvenir sales, benefiting the local economy

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The future is bright and colourful for Kampung Pelangi thanks to the amazing power of art!

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coffee zombie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There was a similar thing done in my town a few years ago but instead of rainbows they drew animals native to my country. It does look good but slum life goes on as usual sadly.

Rin Rin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now its just a rainbow colored slum. All that money could be used to repairs and rebuilds, developement..

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Daria B
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's the least they could do, and yet it makes such a big difference. Nice.

Nadine Lujan
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To those saying that it is just a superficial fix - they do know that. They aren't stupid. They know a coat of paint isn't going to magically bring them out of poverty. But 1) it brings added tourism which equals $$, 2) it encourages residents to take an active part in their community - such as they are cleaning the water supply and 3) it helps alleviate some of the depression that comes with living in poverty. A pink and purple house won't make you less hungry, but it can make you less hopeless - and I think that is wonderful.

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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought that was self evident and was shocked at how many people just didn't get it. Doesn't matter what's done to brighten people's lives (in this case, literally) a segment of the population will bitch. What's pathetic about these people is that they're doing the bitching on behalf of people who are helped by it. The article itself talks about tourism dollars so it probably didn't cost a single penny in the long run. Some people just have to take their miserable lives out on other people. It's sad.

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coffee zombie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There was a similar thing done in my town a few years ago but instead of rainbows they drew animals native to my country. It does look good but slum life goes on as usual sadly.

Rin Rin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now its just a rainbow colored slum. All that money could be used to repairs and rebuilds, developement..

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Daria B
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's the least they could do, and yet it makes such a big difference. Nice.

Nadine Lujan
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To those saying that it is just a superficial fix - they do know that. They aren't stupid. They know a coat of paint isn't going to magically bring them out of poverty. But 1) it brings added tourism which equals $$, 2) it encourages residents to take an active part in their community - such as they are cleaning the water supply and 3) it helps alleviate some of the depression that comes with living in poverty. A pink and purple house won't make you less hungry, but it can make you less hopeless - and I think that is wonderful.

Full Name
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought that was self evident and was shocked at how many people just didn't get it. Doesn't matter what's done to brighten people's lives (in this case, literally) a segment of the population will bitch. What's pathetic about these people is that they're doing the bitching on behalf of people who are helped by it. The article itself talks about tourism dollars so it probably didn't cost a single penny in the long run. Some people just have to take their miserable lives out on other people. It's sad.

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