Taichung, Taiwan: Rainbow Village
When planning for my first business trip to Taiwan, I wanted to make sure there were some moments of fun built into the mix. One day we would be visiting a weaving facility in Taichung, which just so happens to be in the same city as the rainbow village. With a bit of time to spare that day, we were able to schedule a stop off on our way home.
Although this little village was located outside of the city center, it was full of life and energy. Every inch of wall and floor space was covered with brightly colored people, animals, flowers, and other objects. It has this childlike innocence and whimsy. Seeing the works of art made me want to pick up a paint brush and continue the colorful scenes. The village is quite small, just a few buildings. It is possible to spend hours there taking in all the details of the paintings, but generally speaking it shouldn't take anymore than 20-25 minutes.
This village, along with many others in Taiwan, was created about 20 years ago for the Kuomintang soldiers. Over the years these types of villages have been taken down, many of them no longer in use. Mr Huang, a veteran, and one of the last people living in this village wanted to save it from destruction. They had began to take some of the buildings down already when he picked up a paint brush one day and started on this work of art. He started inside his home and then slowly covered all of the other buildings. The space began to gain notoriety so the government agreed to keep the village in tact, and allow visitors to view the art.
There is no cost to visit, however you can leave a small donation or buy something from the souvenir shop to help support the maintenance of the artwork. If you're like me, treat yourself to a rainbow popsicle to enjoy while looking at the rainbow art!
Opening Hours: 8:30am - 6:00pm daily
Address: No. 56巷, Chunan Road, Nantun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 408