96-Year-Old Man Turns Home Into ‘Rainbow Village’ and Saves It From Demolition

Taiwan’s famous ‘Rainbow Village’ has become a tourist hot-spot. It’s now one of those places you’re likely to spot on the Instagram feed of anyone visiting Taiwan. But it wasn’t always like that.  Photo from 1949 Rainbow This little village located in Taichung was practically a ghost town just a few years ago. A former […]

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Taiwan’s famous ‘Rainbow Village’ has become a tourist hot-spot. It’s now one of those places you’re likely to spot on the Instagram feed of anyone visiting Taiwan. But it wasn’t always like that. 

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Photo from 1949 Rainbow

This little village located in Taichung was practically a ghost town just a few years ago. A former resident area for retired soldiers, Nantun District’s population had dwindled to only 11 houses in recent years. As such, the Taiwanese government planned to demolish the unoccupied houses in the village.

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Those plans were halted when the district began attracting attention from visitors. This is because Huang Yung-Fu, a 96-year-old veteran, slowly started to transform the area. It was kicked off with the designs he painted on his own house, displaying colorful animals and patterns. His project then migrated to the neighboring walls and houses. 

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Soon people took notice of the unique look of the place. Many tourists even go out of their way to make it a day trip in their itineraries. As one of the most visited attractions in Taichung, the government couldn’t possibly continue their plans for demolition. 

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[무지개 마을] 재개발 때문에 주문들이 보상을 받거나 새 집으로 떠났지만 원래 홍콩 출신의 후앙 할아버지는 그 자리를 지키며 집 안에 새를 그리기 시작한 것이 이제는 유명한 관광지가 되었다 한다. 아흔이 넘은 후앙 할아버지를 실제로 만날 수 있는 곳. Residents were offered compensation or new house to move for redevelopment but Huang, originally from Hong Kong, remained and began painting a bird inside his home and now this village has become a popular tourist attraction. – #무지개마을 #대만여행 #타이중여행 #벽화 #벽화마을 #rainbowvillage #travelingtaiwan #taichung #mural #muralpainting

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Huang continues his work on the village until today, maintaining the paint job and looking after any touch-ups needed. Apparently, he wakes up as early as 3 am to start painting. His dedication goes as far as to say he will be painting until he is 100 years old. 

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Tourists affectionately call him ‘Rainbow Grandpa’ and nothing could be more apt! 

Have you ever visited this ‘rainbow village’? Tell us about it in the comments! 

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