Rainbow Village is an old military-dependents village transformed by Huang Yung-Fu, an 86-year-old man with a paintbrush. The settlement began suffering from dereliction, urban decay and abandonment. On the verge of being forgotten, the village was transformed by this self-taught street artist who decided to bring some colour back into the place.
Originally Huang Yung-Fu was painting for his own pleasure, but soon photographs of his work found their way onto the internet and appreciation grew. Now he paints a little more everyday and sells postcards and colourful t-shirts to the tourists that make it over to Rainbow Village in Taichung.
The village itself is very small and can be ambled through in around 15 minutes. At the front of the village, dressed head-to-toe in rainbow gear, complete with a scooter helmet and ukulele, stands an eccentric performer who literally grabs people for photo-ops and drums up donations toward the maintenance of the village.
How to get there?
We opted to take a scooter trip down to Taichung with friends who live in Hsinchu. This was a fairly long four hour journey which involved a fair few twists, turns and dead-ends. The village is reasonably far out from Taichung centre, so renting a scooter in Taichung would be worthwhile. It’s a beautiful road trip though!
Somewhere over the rainbow,
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.