West District, Taiwan: The Rainbow Village or Caihongjuan on Chun’an Road, Nantun District, Taichung, Taiwan
‘military dependents’ village’ – a community built in the late 1940s and the 1950s to serve as provisional housing for Nationalist soldiers, but ended up becoming permanent settlements. Over the years, many military dependents’ villages have suffered from urban problems such as housing dereliction, abandonment, urban decay, and urban slum.
This village in the outskirts of Taichung, Taiwan was completely transformed into a beautiful and vibrant tourist hotspot by Huang Yung-fu (aka Grandpa Rainbow), an 88-year-old veteran from Hongkong using brightly coloured paints.
With a simplistic style he has adorned his tiny his military dependents’ village with paintings of famous TV personalities, plants, animals and other items such as birds, buffaloes and aboriginal people.