Kampung Pelangi: The Indonesian Village That’s Adding a Splash of Colour to Instagram

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Residents of the small village in Kampung Pelangi in the Semarang District of Indonesia have painted their houses all the colours of the rainbow – much to the delight of visitors as well as Instagram.

Earlier this month the Jakarta Post reported that at least 232 houses had received the brightly coloured treatment, and junior high school principal Slamet Widodo – who came up with the idea – said the plan was to paint 385 houses with rainbow hues as well as 3D murals.

The 54-year-old teacher told the newspaper: “The idea to create Kampung Pelango came after we saw the beauty of Kampung Warna-warni and Kampung Tridi in Malang, and later Kampung Kali Code in Yogyakarta. Hopefully Kampung Pelangi will be the biggest one in Indonesia and offer a new tourist attraction in Semarang.”

Their efforts seem to be paying off. A student called Bening told the Jakarta Post that the houses “are so gorgeous. My school is not far from here; I will surely tell all my friends to come here.”

The colourful artwork has been backed by city officials who pledged $22,467 to the project. It’s also been supported by the Indonesian Builders Association (Gapensi) in Semarang, which provider the paint and labour needed to transform the houses into a multicoloured canvas.

Siswoyo, the head of Gapensi Semarang’s Art and Culture and Sports Department told the Jakarta Post: “One house has a minimum of three colors. We also cooperated with the Roads Agency, Tourism Agency as well as other agencies to help develop Kampung Pelangi. The locals have enjoyed the results, for instance by selling food and souvenirs.”

The urban interventionism has fuelled a surge of tourism to Kampung Pelangi and the small Indonesian village is also building a steady Instagram presence.

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