Kampung Pelangi’s Colorful Transformation

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

Kampung Pelangi: How A Forsaken Slum Was Turned Into A Rainbow Paradise

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

Kampung Pelangi: How A Forsaken Slum Was Turned Into A Rainbow Paradise

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

Kampung Pelangi: How A Forsaken Slum Was Turned Into A Rainbow Paradise

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

Kampung Pelangi: How A Forsaken Slum Was Turned Into A Rainbow Paradise

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

Kampung Pelangi: How A Forsaken Slum Was Turned Into A Rainbow Paradise

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

Kampung Pelangi: How A Forsaken Slum Was Turned Into A Rainbow Paradise

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

Kampung Pelangi: How A Forsaken Slum Was Turned Into A Rainbow Paradise

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

Kampung Pelangi: How A Forsaken Slum Was Turned Into A Rainbow Paradise

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

Kampung Pelangi: How A Forsaken Slum Was Turned Into A Rainbow Paradise

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

Kampung Pelangi: How A Forsaken Slum Was Turned Into A Rainbow Paradise

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

Kampung Pelangi: How A Forsaken Slum Was Turned Into A Rainbow Paradise

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

Kampung Pelangi: How A Forsaken Slum Was Turned Into A Rainbow Paradise
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