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'Rainbow village' brightens locals' lives and social media feeds

Polka dots, hearts and bird wings now greet visitors to Kampung Pelangi

Until a month ago, this ramshackle Indonesian village was not the sort of place to attract tourists. That was before its inhabitants were given an array of paint pots and told to get to work.

Now the dazzling striped walls of their streets and houses are being appreciated on Instagram, with images of them being shared by social media users all over the world, under the hashtag #kampungpelangi.

A local headmaster, called Slamet Widodo, reportedly made a request for money to transform Kampung Pelangi, which is located in Semarang, in Central Java, after being inspired by the painting of similar villages elsewhere in Indonesia.

The village ended up being given 300 million rupiahs to get their paintbrushes out, and nearly every building - from rooftop to gutter - was drenched in a multitude of colours.

Motifs include psychedelic hearts, human-sized angel wings, dinosaurs and polka dots.

Vogue magazine described the scenes “as like the mystic swirl of a Mara Hoffman print realized in physical form.”

Widodo hoped that his village could change after seeing the transformation of other riverside villages, like Code in Jogja and Jodipan in Malang.

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Rainbow village'
2017/05/17 13:13
Polka dots, hearts and bird wings now greet visitors to Kampung Pelangi
2017/05/17 13:14
Now the dazzling striped walls of their streets and houses are being appreciated on Instagram,
2017/05/17 13:14
A local headmaster, called Slamet Widodo, reportedly made a request for money to transform Kampung Pelangi, which is located in Semarang, in Central Java,
2017/05/17 13:15
Widodo hoped that his village could change after seeing the transformation of other riverside villages, like Code in Jogja and Jodipan in Malang.
2017/05/17 13:16