Kajoetangan village is an area with a heritage building with Dutch colonial architecture. Starting from homes, restaurants, schools, shops, and offices. The address is at Jl. Arif Rahman Hakim and Jl. Wahid Hasyim 2, Kauman, Kec. Klojen, Malang City, East Java.
Although protected, there are only a few ancient buildings in Kayutangan Village left. The reason is the changes and demolition during this time. In order not to lose the old visual characteristics of Kampung Kayutangan, which adheres to the Nieuwe Bouwen school.
Behind the historical value of Kajoetangan Village, this place is one of the slum areas of Malang City. Because visitors can still feel when walking down each alley and see the rest of the historic buildings in the area. Starting from the slum conditions of the village, the local government and residents initiated management to develop the Kajoetangan Heritage Village.
Paying attention to managing tourism in the Kajoetangan Cultural Heritage Village. The most important thing is to pay attention to community empowerment and a sense of belonging. The aim is to involve the community in all required roles. Expecting the active role of the community through labor-intensive and idea-intensive activities to be the right effort in developing and managing slum tourism in the Kajoetangan Heritage Village.
So far, the direct environmental impact can be seen in Kajoetangan Village. The local community pays more attention to the cleanliness and tidiness of their living environment, especially in the part that is the visitor’s exploration route.
In addition, the presence of visitors who come indirectly brings an increase in the economy of the community.
This can be seen through several residents’ houses, public toilets, and even art galleries that have started to appear. With the friendly character in the community, it brings a warm impression and there is no feeling of shyness that arises even though it passes through residents’ houses. This makes tourists feel at home for a long time when traveling in the Kayutangan Heritage Village.
No more shabby impressions that interfere when tourists visit. Tourism located in a slum area in Kampung Kajoetangan proves that a slum environment can be beautified by highlighting the unique side of the area.
The historical value of existing heritage buildings can become the main concern of visitors.
Every street corner has a clear information system. So it can provide information. In addition, it also managed to override the slum impression that was originally located in the village.
Slum tourism is one of the tourism concepts that present views in slum settlements. At the beginning of developing slum tourism, many parties were against it. Because it is unethical to make poverty a tourist attraction.
However, efforts are now starting to emerge to realize slum tourism from a different perspective. That is by presenting thematic villages that have a special charm and unique values. Kajoetangan Village in Malang City is a thematic village with heritage values that have developed slum tourism into a charming destination.