The Jakarta Post
The local administration has allocated a budget to paint the village red, blue, yellow and other eye-popping colors in hopes to attract more tourists. (JP/Suherdjoko)
If your Instagram timeline has been flooded with people posing in front of rainbow-colored houses, chances are, the photos were taken at Kampung Pelangi (Rainbow Village), originally named Gunung Brintik village, in South Semarang, Central Java.
The local administration has allocated a budget to paint the small town red, blue, yellow and other eye-popping colors in hopes to attract more tourists.
The first makeover phase, which took a month to finish, transformed Gunung Brintik into a vibrant and colorful village. The second phase is to paint the entire surrounding of the village, which has 325 houses.
“The second phase will take around four weeks to finish,” said Semarang Mayor Hendrar Prihadi.
“The administration spent around Rp 3 billion [US$225,000] to revamp Kampung Pelangi,” he added.
This year, the administration has set up an additional Rp 16 billion budget to fix the town’s waterways and river drainage system.
“The government is also going to build a food court in what is now a car repair shop, located beside Kembang market. And we’re also going to make a parking area in that location,” said Hendrar.
"The idea to create Rainbow village came after we saw the beauty of Kampung Warna-Warni, Kampung Tridi in Malang and later Kampung Kali Code in Yogyakarta. Hopefully, Kampung Pelangi will be the biggest [of its kind] in Indonesia and offer a new tourist attraction in Semarang," said project initiator Slamet Widodo, who works as a junior high school principal.