Indonesian Government Spent $23K To Paint Slum Houses And The Result Is Incredible

A total of 232 houses were painted, transforming an uninspiring Indonesian village into a cultural hub tourists desire to visit.

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A small village in Indonesia looks transformed after the government spent $22,467 to paint the exterior of buildings. Bored Panda reports that Kampung Pelangi was looking quite uninspiring until the Central Java community, located in a southern district of Semarang, spent thousands of dollars to make-over the degraded slum. The ultimate aim was to improve the area’s reputation and offer encouragement to those who live there.

The project was initiated by 54-year-old junior high principal Slamet Widodo and was inspired by at least three other towns in the country that received similar paint jobs. As a result of Widodo’s activism, approximately 232 homes in Kampung Pelangi have been transformed into works of art. Now, enchanting murals adorn the sides of once-ordinary walls, and narrow passageways are flooded with light and color.

The paint job has done more than boost the moods of those who live in the slum, it’s resulted in an improved economy! As a result of the village’s makeover, more tourists have been visiting the area. And, according to the Indonesia Builders Association, local businesses are witnessing an increase in souvenir and food sales. 

Following are captivating images of the rainbow village:

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