Former Slum Transformed into Tourist Haven After Rainbow Makeover

Former Slum Transformed into Tourist Haven After Rainbow Makeover

This small village in Indonesia has gone from slum to stardom.

Kampung Pelangi, a hamlet consisting of about 325 homes, was previously described by its residents as a “filthy” neighborhood. Because of the debilitated condition of the area, their local economy suffered.

Then, in an effort to attract tourists, a local teacher named Slamet Widodo suggested that they give the village a colorful makeover.

The project came with a $200,000 price tag that was paid for through donations and corporate sponsorship. After one month of hard work, however, 240 houses have already been painted with bright rainbow patterns.

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The village’s cheerful design has attracted tourists from all over the region, giving local businesses a much-needed boost. Because of the influx of visitors, the community has become an Instagram hit.

Kampung Pelangi’s rebirth is not unlike the city of Palmitas in Mexico – when the Mexican government hired a team of graffiti artists to give the village a new paint job, they covered every building in rainbow paint and designs. As a result, crime rates plummeted and village residents were reported to be more cheerful and confident.

It’s a wonder what a lick of paint can do.

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