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    A Visit To Taiwan’s Weird and Wonderful Rainbow Village

    A Visit To Taiwan’s Weird and Wonderful Rainbow Village

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    Think of Taiwan and the first things to come to mind are likely temples, night markets, and breathtaking natural scenery. While the island certainly does have all these things (and more), you’ll also find a slightly more off-the-beaten-track attraction in the bustling city of Taichung: The Rainbow Village.

    Rainbow Village

    The Rainbow Village is exactly as it sounds: a small neighborhood that has been completely covered in vibrant paint. From the tops of the roofs to the ground beneath your feet, the Rainbow Village is bursting with colorful depictions of animals and aboriginal drawings. A quick stroll through the winding streets is all it takes for the kaleidoscope of colors to do their work, making even the dreariest of days a bit brighter and cheerier.

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    Rainbow Village Taichung Taiwan

    The Rainbow Village hasn’t always been such a colorful place. The location was once a military dependents’ village, full of drab concrete houses that were going to be demolished to make way for modern, high-rise apartment buildings, already so prevalent throughout Taiwan. However, before the village could be completely torn down, now 94-year old Huang Yung-Fu grabbed his paintbrushes and personally began transforming the gray houses into the works of art they are today.

    Huang Yung-Fu, also known as Rainbow Grandpa, has lived in the military dependents’ village for nearly 40 years. Though most of the other families have moved, Yung-Fu did not want to leave his long-time home and community. Luckily, his hard work and artistic talents paid off. When The Rainbow Village began to attract the attention of locals and tourists alike, the government decided to preserve the cultural area, one of the last remaining military dependents’ villages.

    Rainbow Village

    There are still families who live in The Rainbow Village, so do be respectful when strolling along. If you’re lucky, “Rainbow Grandfather” will hop out to introduce himself and let you take a photo of him with his latest paintings. We’ve heard Grandfather still rises before the sun to add continually to his one-of-a-kind creation.

    It’s free to walk around The Rainbow Village, but tips when taking photos are always appreciated. There is also a shop where you can pick up a few lovely souvenirs inspired by Mr. Yung-Fu’s artwork, which again helps to support the local community.

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    The Rainbow Village is now one of Taichung’s most popular tourist attractions; visit early in the mornings during the weekdays to avoid the heat and crowds.

    Rainbow Village

    The Rainbow Village is admittedly quite small. It’s possible to walk around the area in its entirety in about half an hour or so, even if stopping to take photos of the unique artwork. However, the village is certainly worth a visit; we recommend hiring a private driver so you can quickly come and go at your leisure.

    For detailed directions on how to take the bus from Central Taichung (a lengthier but less expensive ride), follow this guide

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