Rainbow Village is a former residential area for ex-members of the military. At one point there were plans to redevelop here, and so many of the residents moved out, leaving only 11 homes set for demolition.
Former soldier and local resident Huang Yung-Fu felt that the neighborhood was drab and dreary since his neighbors left, and so started to paint the walls in bright hues. Moving from house to house, he soon created an oasis of color in a world of concrete.
Some local students noticed his work, and campaigned to have the buildings saved and recognized as a cultural area. They succeeded in stopping the redevelopment, and now the neighborhood attracts over a million tourists a year.
There’s no doubt that this is one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Taiwan – perhaps even in the world – and it’s all thanks to one elderly man who wanted to bring more joy and happiness into people’s lives.