Exploring Malang: the colourful village

Not far from the train station in Malang, Java, is Kampung Warna Warni Jodipan, a former slum area which has been painted in rainbow colours to become a tourist attraction.


Inspired by a similar project in Brazil, a group of PR students from Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) worked with a paint company to transform the fortunes of the area.

Around 107 homes are painted in a wide range of colours and there are plenty of other murals and 3D effects to enjoy as you walk around.

Umbrellas at the colourful village of Kampung Warna Warni Jodipan in Malang, Java

One alley is dominated by colourful umbrellas. It feels a little like walking around a children’s picture book or a carnival and the whole area felt very friendly and welcoming.

There are plenty of places to buy a drink or an ice cream and there are some public toilets as well.

For a small entrance fee (less than 20p), this is a great place to spend an hour or so while in Malang, Java.

The colourful village of Kampung Warna Warni Jodipan in Malang, Java

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