Thursday, 06 July 2017 06:00

    The Whimsical Rainbow Village in Taichung

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    Unlike any other tourist who came to Taiwan, I came to experience the fast paced life in the urban jungle. Though of course, there were other main reasons why I was excited about visiting this island nation as I wanted to see Taipei 101 and feast on Taiwan’s delicious street food.

    Whilst exploring the city, I stumbled upon an interesting place, Rainbow Village, found in the outskirts of Taichung City, located in western Taiwan. Rainbow Village used to be a shelter for nationalist soldiers, given to them as gratitude for their service to the nation. Years later, the compound was converted to residential houses.

    As history has it, the local Taichung government threatened to demolish the place one day and in order to save it, Hung Yung-Fu, more commonly known now as Grandpa Rainbow, picked up his brush and started painting the village’s walls, filling it with colors and drawings. The 92 year old man tactics eventually saved the village from being torn down.

    Grandpa Rainbow’s drawings and illustrations exude nothing but pure joy and happiness. The characters seen on the windows, walls and ground were made especially distinct to one another.

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