Rainbow Village is a brightly colored artistic dependents village located in Taichung, Taiwan. It was converted into a tourist destination by one of the former residents in order to save the village from destruction. The unique paintings cover almost the entire village, and has become a major spot for tourists and Instagrammers.
The artist behind the work, Huang Yung-Fu (黃永阜), was a KMT soldier that retreated from mainland China with the ROC army. He and his family were relocated to a dependent's village in Taichung, where they stayed permanently. Eventually after over half a century the village became worn down and developers wanted to tear it down. In order to save his village, Mr. Huang painted the houses starting in about 2008, which caught the attention of local university students that campaigned to save the village. The village is now a popular tourist attracting, attracting more than a million visitors a year.
Check out this video recently made by the BBC for more information:
Who knows how much longer Mr. Huang will live, so if someone wants to make an English documentary they should do it soon.
How to get there:
Take highway 125 in Nantun, on the outskirts of the Taichung. The village is tucked into Zhongyang Road Lane 19.
Map: Please see below:
I first visited Rainbow Village a few years ago, so I am not sure if things have changed significantly since then. When you first walk in it looks like any other old Taiwan neighborhood, but then a bunch of colors start popping out of the walls, and the street!
Artistic figures painted by Mister Huang, including the words "Peace 平安" and "No. 25 Door (25號門)."
More painted figures as well as colorful plush toys.
A white Jacket with paint stains, and a sign that says: "Welcome to the warm and romantic Rainbow Village. Please leave with some beautiful pictures and full memories, so that we can all encourage grandpa to continue his work! Rainbow Dependents Village is not an old legend. The Rainbow family welcomes you!"
A cat resting next to some of the paintings.
What appear to be some incomplete paintings.
Man carrying an ox on some tin fencing.
More paintings on grey background. I am sure that place has become a lot more colorful since I left!
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