Arts / Culture / Drawing/Painting / Getting Around / History / Taichung / Taiwan

A Forgotten Blog: Rainbow Village

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Somewhere over the rainbow,
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.

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