The Colorful Village is an eye catching riverside neighborhood in Malang, on the island of Java in Indonesia.
The main draw is the creativity of some locals that helped transform slums into picturesque neighborhoods and the welcoming residents. Malang’s colorful village can easily be reached by train from Surabaya city.
>>Check this post for the best East Java Route which also features information on travelling from Surabaya to Malang.
Jodipan Malang Transformed from Slum to a Colorful Village
Until a few years ago Jodipan was a slum. Local government had given up on the village and the residents were about to be evicted due to poor living conditions.
But 8 students from Malang’s University came up with the idea of giving Jodipan a splash of color. The students teamed up with a local paint distributor, gathered painters and artists and gave Jodiapan a fresh new look.
Today Jodipan is a picturesque neighborhood. Brightly colored walls, artistic touches and decorations are all along the narrow winding roads. While verandas and lookouts offer a view of the cluster of houses facing onto Brantas river.
While walking around the streets you would never imagine the story behind the charming and colorful village.
Malang Blue Village or Arema Blue Village
Jodipan is divided into two parts by a bridge. On one side is the Colorful Village and on the other is The Blue Village and the 3D Village.
The Blue Village (or Arema Blue Village) has only recently been added to the picturesque neighborhoods of Malang. The village’s blue color symbolizes the loyalty to Arema soccer team of Malang. Emblems and other soccer related decorations are seen throughout the Blue Village.
The Colorful Village and the Blue Village are the 2 most popular attractions that get tourist attention mainly local tourists to Malang and which also helps the locals financially.
A 3k IDR (0.20$) entrance fee is applicable to both villages.
>>Are you planning your Java itinerary? Check these other Java destination guides.
- Jakarta in west Java
- Yogyakarta in south Java
- Karimunjawa Islands in the north
- Several destinations in East Java
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