A slum area on Indonesia’s Java Island has become an unlikely tourist attraction after its homes were painted vivid colors to transform the district into what is now being called “Kampung Pelangi” (“Rainbow Village”).
The poor hill-side area received a month-long facelift costing 300 million rupiah ($22,500) and paid for by the local government in a bid to rejuvenate this part of Semarang.
The town is located 450 km east of the capital Jakarta.
Visitors have been flocking to the village to take photographs and pose for “selfies” next to the brightly colored homes.
The multi-colored paint job for the village is the brainchild of Slamet Widodo, a 54-year-old high-school teacher.
“In the future it will bring benefits to our community, especially economic empowerment. The project will be supported by the activity and creativity (of the people) in the village so the local community has a sense of belonging,” said Widodo.
Residents already say their livelihoods have improved since the makeover, as they can now give tours and sell souvenirs.