Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村) is our first destination during our Taiwan trip. The houses and alleys of this village in Nantun District, Taichung is painted by a talented veteran soldier. The soldier is known as Huang Yung-fu or the Rainbow Grandpa. Before this village became popular, the old houses here are demolished one by one for redevelopment. Mr.Huang, who is one the last residents in this village, started to paint. He painted manga characters, dolls, animals and many more with vibrant colours.
After a while, the students from nearby Ling Tung University noticed about this attractive place. They started to protest against the demolition of the houses here. The local government finally agreed to suspend the demolition as it has also became a local and foreign tourists’ attraction. Even though the name is a village, this place is not very big and we spent around 15 – 30 minutes here only. We shoot a lot of photos here since the paintings here are really awesome. Reads on to find out more of this Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村)
Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村) is a tourist attraction with beautiful painted houses
The front area of the Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村). Noticed the paintings on the brick walls? This village is quite well maintained and very clean as well besides the colourfulness.
Not only the houses, but the stones here are also painted colourfully. For the houses, every parts including the roof corner, the windows and the doors are painted nicely.
We reached here quite early and there were not many visitors yet. Recommended to come here as early as possible to take photos without strangers in your photos.
The face of this painting looks like a duck to me. Attention to details is at its stomach. I wonder why?
This wall near a window is painted with many types of animals. There are 3 humans at the top part of the wall as well.
The letter boxes here are also painted nicely with sharp red.
The history of the Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村). Unfortunately, I cannot read Mandarin. I think the grandpa here is the Rainbow Grandpa, unless there are other grandpas?
Spotted a Chinese Maneki Neko, the fortune cat in the Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村). Or, was it a cat bell?
Besides the colourful wall and houses, there are also toys and other stuff here at the Rainbow Village
Some of the abandoned chao chao (kid’s smelly dolls/pillow) at the village. I wonder if this is Bart Simpson?
More abandoned dolls, a monkey and a bear doll at another corner, I wonder where their owners are?
Is this the Rainbow Grandpa? I was too shy to ask. You can buy some souvenirs here to help maintaining the Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村). Hope the government will not demolish this place in the future for development.
Some of the humans painting at the Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村).
A rabbit painting holding keys. I wonder what the keys are used for. Or is there a special meaning?
Two humans riding a huge duck while playing with kite. Where else could you see a scene like this besides at the Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村)?
Some of the windows here are decorated with dolls. Is that a Barbie doll at the top left?
Another rabbit painting, looks like fire rabbit from the colours. Perhaps, it is some Rabbit King?
Let me guess the animals here, the sheep, the elephant, the rabbit, the goat and the cat?
Close up on one of the human face.
A couple dancing with their cats, holding leaves and flowers.
A colourful door at the Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村). Two smiling tomatoes and a big cat standing on two legs, holding its kitten. Definitely a scene from manga.
The window grill here is painted colourfully as well. I think it is a peacock on the right side.
Do you notice the panda at the bottom left?
More painting at the Rainbow Village.
Do you notice the guy with the Christmas tree hat?
Love and all about love.
Monkey and bird drawing at the Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村).
When we are ready to leave, there were more and more visitors already. Do come as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
This is our tour bus for our trip in Taichung, Taiwan. We are boarding the bus to our next destination in Taichung. Stay tuned to find out where! The Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村) is free to access, but one can donate some money to help to maintain this place. There is also a souvenir soup here selling hand-made items based on Grandpa’s artwork. The grandpa’s grandson is operating the shop.
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