Colourful houses to attract tourists: rainbow village

Colourful houses to attract tourists: rainbow village

Kampung Pelangi in Randusari, Indonesia, unveiled an extreme makeover that has seen it dubbed “Rainbow Village”.

The formerly unassuming village in southern Indonesia was assigned 300,000,000 Indonesian Rupiah (£17,000) for the facelift by the local council committee, who hoped to attract more tourists to the area with a bold new colour scheme.

The project took just over a month to complete. A true community venture, even the Mayor of nearby Semarang, Hendrar Prihadi, got involved painting some of the 232 houses himself. Most of the manpower and material was provided by The Indonesian Builders Association.

From afar the buildings simply appear covered in coloured stripes, but take a closer look and there are pieces of art around every corner. One wall features a pair of angel wings surrounded by rainbow rays; another displays a 3-D shark appearing to try and bite passers-by. One wall is completely covered in bright coloured spots and there are poles with fluttering multi-coloured flags attached. Even the steps are painted. Every inch of the village looks colourful and vibrant – a stark contrast to the “before” picture, when the buildings were grey and rundown-looking.

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