Friday, April 19, 2024

Our Visit To Rainbow Village, Taichung

THE NEXT MORNING.... after having our breakfast at a small stall, driver took us to Rainbow Village, one of the most popular attractions in Taichung.

This is my second visit to this place, my first time was in 2019, some five years ago.   I wrote this in my post in 2019....

There is a history behind this brightly painted village, a cluster of houses was in fact a veterans village back in the 1940s.  Huang Yong Fu also known affectionately as Rainbow Grandpa was one of the last remaining veterans living in this area.  He is a military veteran who was born in Hong Kong and fought against the communists in the ROC army.  Rainbow Village was started by Mr. Huang who came up with a way to protest against the demolition of this small collection of houses.  The government began an aggressive program of demolition the villages in the 1990s and replacing them with new high rise apartment buildings for the displaced families.  Rather than fighting with the government, he decided to paint so as to brighten up the village, starting with his own house and moving on to the next house and soforth until the whole village has turned into a colourful sight.

This time 2024, we were told that Rainbow Grandpa has passed away... he passed away in January 2024 at the age of 101.  RIP... His legacy lives on though.... tourists swarmed into this place, no entrance fees, just a donation to the "Superhero" who was still around to take pictures for us....  

We lingered around for a short while and off we went for our dessert Ice Cream cafe... 
The Superhero entertaining the tourists with his songs....
And here we were in 2019....
And now in 2024....
Oh... his attire has changed color...
So has my hair....
From black to white... 
LOL....

4 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a cute house with so much colours.

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  2. Nice photos. Lol on the photo comparison.

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  3. Ah, I didn't visit this place. Thank you for the history and colourful photos.

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  4. What a wonderful idea he had; his life will surely be remembered. I love it!

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