All The Colours Of The Rainbow

All The Colours Of The Rainbow
The Rainbow Village in Nantun District of Taichung, Taiwan, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

See how one man changes the fate of a rundown village, one paint stroke at a time

Precious Kamei
June 25 , 2019
02 Min Read
Being the only one living in a village must have been quite boring for the 94-year-old Huang Yung-Fu, a resident of The Rainbow Village in Nantun District of Taichung, Taiwan. The Rainbow Village didn't go by that name many decades ago. An erstwhile military village, the settlement slowly began to deteriorate which resulted in residents migrating and property developers rushing in to purchase what's left of it for redevelopment. One person remained in the village even as others left--Huang Yung-Fu and 11 rundown houses. Huang Yung-Fu sat in his house and began pottering around with art supplies, determined to do something different out of the old and rejected. He began painting these houses. His artwork mainly features people, birds and animals, all in vibrant colours. His artwork is bold, colourful and pops out, something that definitely catches one's attention. His village faced the dangers of demolition and so took up his brush and started painting in order to save the village. His hard work surely paid, authorities eventually agreed to preserve what's left of the village and Huang Yung-Fu received support from people people near and far. His village came to be known globally as Rainbow Village and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Taiwan. The Rainbow Village is one big street art that has gained so much attention, and all good ones.

Once you are done visiting the Rainbow Village, do head to the neighbouring Art Street, situated at the summit of Da Du mountain. Art Street is surprisingly a quiet one when it comes to traffic rush. The area is pedestrian friendly and is home to many art studios, galleries and shops that sells plenty of beautiful handicrafts.

Colourful artwork on every houses of the Rainbow Village

This colourful streetview...

Huang Yong-fu is locally known as the “Rainbow Grandpa”

One of the rooms where the artist keeps his art supplies

One of the signs at the village

A street performer in front of the colorful graffiti

Rainbow Village is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Taiwan

The artwork makes for a pretty background

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