In East Java, a small province of Indonesia, small villages struggled to survive. Life can be difficult here in some of the poorest sections of the region. Until a few years ago, it was common for the river here to become flooded with household garbage and sewage. But thankfully, In the early 2010s, a concerted effort was undertaken to revitalize these tiny, packed areas into thriving tourist destinations. Today the area is bursting with color, and is clean and beautiful, with tourists flocking to the tiny shops selling souvenirs, paintings, local cuisine, and access to some of the most amazing and colorful backdrops anywhere.
Kampung Warna-Warni was transformed into a color-rich destination in 2015. Other painted villages nearby include Kampung Putih (White Village)—which was painted with white walls, grey roofs, and green accents—and Kampung Biru Arema, featuring blue and purple painted buildings, completed in 2018.
Zachary was blown away by the view of the area as they passed through. “We weren't expecting this colorful village to be placed right in the middle of an extremely crowded city. Upon our arrival, the locals were kind and there were lots of laughs. I find it truly amazing that they were able to take the circumstances given, and create a tourist attraction that brings revenue into their community. Taking the drone up to get this shot was the only way to really capture how this area stands out, and how it strongly contrasts with the surrounding area.”