From Dirty Slum to The Village of Colour

At the beginning of 2016, this riverbank village in Malang was named as one of the 11 most run-down villages in Indonesia. Three tons of paint and lots of volunteer hours later – villagers have a new, fresh outlook on life and this beautiful village has become a top tourist destination.

It started with a group project by uni students from a university in Malang (Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM)).  They approached a local paint company with the idea, and it turned out that that company was already planning to do a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project and they partnered with the students. Students, villagers, members of the air force and artists worked together to transform the village. On the 4th of September 2016, the village was declared officially opened to tourists by the local mayor.

Over 100 houses are painted with bright colours, there’s so much amazing artwork as well as props to talk photos with – it’s selfie heaven.

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When walking through the village you’ll find several makeshift shops by the villagers, particularly along the riverbank. While you’re there, purchase something and support them.

Speaking to some local villagers when I visited last month, they had nothing but positive things to say. One lady, who was selling drinks and snacks, commented “I love seeing that so many tourists now visit my village, I especially love seeing Western tourists (bules). The village revitalisation has changed my life.”

In Indonesian, the village is known as 'Kampung Wisata Jodipan' or 'Kampung Warna Warni Jodipan'. It is located 400m south of Kota Malang Train Station. Malang is a city in East Java, Indonesia (the large island to the left of Bali). Tickets are Rp2,000 to enter (AUD$0.20, yes just 20 cents!) and the money is used to assist with the village’s rubbish removal and to protect the local environment.

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