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28 June, Friday

Photo By: harimaolee

SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town – Cape Town famously has the dreamy viewpoint overlooking the meeting of the South Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. While you are mesmerised by the clash of colours, don’t forget the colourful historic neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap.

The district of Bo-Kaap was formerly known as the “Malay Quarter”, established back in the 1760s where rental houses were built and leased to slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia, and the rest of Africa who were brought to work in the Cape. These houses were originally all white in colour, but when slavery was abolished and the slaves could buy the properties, they painted the houses with bright colours to express their freedom.

Sitting on cobblestoned streets, these bright colourful houses are iconic of the Bo-Kaap district today.