Photo of the Day: Western Taiwan's Rainbow Village

Canadian photographer captures vivid image of Taichung's psychedelic Rainbow Village

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(Photo by Twitter user @nickkembel)

(Photo by Twitter user @nickkembel)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Taiwan-based Canadian author, Nick Kembel, captured this vibrant image of western Taiwan's Rainbow Village earlier this month.

Nestled in Taichung's Nantun District, Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村) is a veterans’ settlement that has become a tourist magnet for central Taiwan that pulls in more than a million visitors annually because of its gaudy, psychedelic mural paintings by a 96-year-old resident veteran, Huang Yung-fu (黃永阜). In his latest article on the subject, Kembel describes the village as one the top "instagrammable" spots in Taiwan.

Huang, who is known as "Rainbow Grandpa," began using cement paint to decorate the walls, doors, and windows of a dozen empty houses and pathways in the veterans' village in 2008, a pastime he has continued ever since. The subjects of his paintings include animals and celebrities, and are quite unique, as they are whimsical and vivid, and recently drew the attention of the BBC.

What started as Huang’s pastime, unexpectedly saved the village from being demolished seven years ago, leading the authorities to agree to preserve it, following a campaign to save it being launched by local university students who appreciated Huang’s works.


(Photo by Twitter user @nickkembel )