Walking down alleys of colorful painting, single-handedly painted by a resident here. Rainbow village (彩虹村) brings the sleepy town to life.
Located in the Nantun District, Taichung, Taiwan. Rainbow village was a temporary Military Dependents’ Village constructed in the late 1940s. Those villages serve as provisional housing for soldiers of the Republic of China Armed Forces and their family from mainland China after the government of Republic of China and Kuomintang (KMT) retreated to Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa.
Due to its poor structure as it was built hastily and constructed haphazardly, the government in Taiwan have been demolishing those villages, to give way to building high-rises around the country. With most being torn down, the last 13 villages are now kept as historic site cultural area, Rainbow Village is one of them.
The person who saved the Rainbow Village is non-other than Mr. Huang Yung-Fu. Mr. Huang, a 95-year-old former soldier was originally from Hong Kong, who joined the KMT to fight off the communist troops during the civil war in mainland China back in the 1940s. He then fled to Taiwan with many defeated KMT troops with their leader, Mr. Chiang Kai-Shek.
Although only consists of 11 houses, it is one of Taichung’s most popular tourist attraction. The area seemed small, however, while stopping at every mural to take a photo will cost one a while, with loads of colorful in exchange.
With government’s plan of upgrading the site of military dependent’s villages, Rainbow Village was too, planned to be torn down. With thousands of petitions, is artwork saved the demolition of the village, however, it is surprising to know that Rainbow Grandpa has got no prior art background nor experience.
What makes Rainbow Village special is that the design differs after a while, giving the village a fresh design periodically. Thus, allowing continuous flow of locals and tourists, pulling more than a million of visitors yearly.
If you manage to stop in Taichung, it is highly recommended for you to visit the rainbow village, as this was not only part of the history of Taiwan but the work of a 90-year-old Grandpa. We spent a total of 1.5 hours in this village, as the artwork is really eye-catching and every spot is worth the photo and selfie.