Village finds its 'pot of gold'

An explosion of rainbow colours greets visitors to the Indonesian village of Jodipan in Malang, East Java.

The village, known to locals as "Kampung Warna-Warni", is believed to the brainchild of a group of students, who came up with the idea to paint residents' houses in a profusion of colours . "Warna-warni" means multicolour.

Eight communication students from Muhammadiyah University in Malang converted the slummy settlement on the banks of the Brantas River, in Blimbing district, into a tourist attraction, reported the Jakarta Post.

However, the students said attracting tourists was not part of the plan, although the daily stream of visitors has turned out to be a welcome source of revenue, the report said.

The neat homes boast colourful roofs, walls, gates, footpaths and stone steps.

The house-painting project was inspired by a settlement zone in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the report added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2016, with the headline 'Village finds its 'pot of gold''. Print Edition | Subscribe