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Travelbooks: Taiwan | published: 2020-06-16 | edited: 2020-06-16
There are many things you can do in Taichung in Taiwan. But I was only there for a short day. So I put the Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村) on my to-do list. No sooner said than done I took a taxi from the train station to there. Rainbow Village is located in Nantun district (南屯區) west of the Taichung city center, so you need about 20-30 minutes by taxi to discover the 11 rainbow-colored houses.
The colorful paintings of the area were created by former soldier, Huang Yong Fu, who was born in Taishan county, Guangdong province in 1924. He tried - with success - to save the houses from demolition. Nobody lives there anymore, but it's a great location for photos and instagrammers. Huang Yong Fu is called Rainbow Grandpa. He is the guardian of the former military settlement for which his father used to be mayor. The tourists love his paintings and his childlike style.
Meanwhile he only paints at night in order not to disturb the tourists and not to let them disturb him.
Rainbow Village isn't a hidden gem anymore. But it is worth a visit every now and then. Of course at weekends there are a lot of people. But it is still a lot of fun to have a look at the colorful houses. And it is a more than remarkable success to prevent the demolition of the buildings with art successfuly, and not violence. This positive attitude created there - Rainbow Village still conveys this!
Location of Rainbow Village (google maps).
The entrance is free of charge. There are no fixed opening hours. But since Rainbow Grandpa lives there, it is normally open when the sun rises.