This Rainbow Village Is the World's Most Colorful, Here's Proof

Rainbow Village | © chia ying yang/Flickr
Rainbow Village | © chia ying yang/Flickr
Photo of Ciaran McEneaney
8 January 2019

Taiwan is full of interesting sights and sounds. From beautiful religious sites to incredible national parks, the many things to see and do here offer visitors a unique experience. However, there’s one relatively new attraction that’s growing in popularity, with many believing it to be one of the most colorful places on Earth. Welcome to Rainbow Village in Taichung, an astounding piece of public art that has to be seen to be believed.

Colorful music | © othree / Flickr

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.

Sidewalk art | © othree / Flickr
Think pink! | © 3Q_9527 / Flickr
Rainbow alleyway | © othree / Flickr
The blue house | © 芳蘭 徐芳蘭 / Flickr

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.

Even the rocks get the rainbow treatment | © pang yu liu / Flickr
Tourists flock to the village | © Nisa yeh / Flickr
A work in progress | © Connie / Flickr
A colorful walkway | © Connie / Flickr

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.

Every inch is painted | © Victor Liu / Flickr
Many of the murals show animals | © othree / Flickr
Every inch is covered | © Trendy Wang / Flickr
Visitors also leave their mark on the walls | © Trendy Wang / Flickr
The neighborhood is a joy to everyone | © chia ying Yang / Flickr
Even the local park gets a touch of color | © pang yu liu / Flickr

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.

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