School principal creates rainbow heaven in an Indonesian village
Kampung Pelangi, coated with $22,000 worth of paint, is a multi-coloured paradise for Instagrammers.
Kampung Pelangi was formerly known as Kampung Wonosari and a slum in the past. After the colorful makeover it received, the village instantly became an international tourist destination.
The idea to transform the village came from Slamet Widodo, a local high-school principal who wanted to attract visitors. Mayor of Samarang, Hendrar Prihadi, secured a budget of Rp 300 million (around $22,000) and helped the villagers with painting, while the Indonesian Builders Association in Semarang provided paint and help, according to Inhabitat.
The Kampung Pelangi aka. Rainbow Village. The rainbow village in Indonesia, called Kampung Pelangi, is trending on social media after a government-funded project transformed it into a vibrant Instagram hotspot. The once struggling village, originally named Kampung Wonosari, located in Randusari in the South Semarang district, was considered a slum before the local government officials decided to turn things around. – #6s #kampong #slumarea #kampungpelangi #semarang #blusukanSMG #streetventurejkt #makkiimages2017
The painted village now hosts 223 rainbow-coloured homes, but the mayor hopes to raise the number to 390. Each house is painted three different colours, with some of them displaying artworks. Bridges and benches are also coloured.
The social project was completed last month. It succeeded in rejuvenating the town, uniting the community and stimulating the local economy with the increasing wave of tourists.