96-Year-Old Taiwanese Man Saves His Village From Demolition

Imagine living your entire life in the same village, enjoying your retirement when unexpectedly, the government threatens to destroy your beloved hometown. What would you do? Most of us will probably go out and protest against the authority. But one loving grandfather found a peaceful and creative way to solve the issue and now people from all over the world visit him and his beautiful home.

Huang Yung-Fu is a 96-year-old retired soldier who used his art to prevent the government from demolishing his town. In the past, Nantun District, Taichung was a charming village with over a thousand homes, most of the residents were former soldiers given temporary housing by the government. As years went by, most of the soldiers moved away and several developers started buying the properties. But there are still people who decided to settle down in Taichung for good.

Sadly, the number of villagers became fewer and only 11 houses remained. As one of the few remaining people in the village, Yung-Fu started to paint a bird inside his home and eventually expanded his work by painting the walls outside with various designs. His artwork received good reviews and massive interest from people and ultimately, his village, now called “Rainbow Village,” became one of the most visited tourist spots in Taichung. Not only it became a tourist attraction, but it also halted the government to demolish the remaining houses in the area.

Yung-Fu was dubbed as the “Rainbow Grandpa” by the tourists because of his colorful personality and creative heart.

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我喜欢的彩虹眷村🌈💘⠀ ⠀ 台湾で絶対、1番行きたかった彩虹村🍭⠀ ⠀⠀ 取り壊される予定だったこの地域を、街のおじいちゃんが1人で地面や壁にカラフルな絵を描いて観光地にすることで残されることになったんだって🎪❣️⠀ ⠀⠀ この日、運良くおじいちゃんにも会えた👴🏻!! 鮮やかで、ずっと居たいくらい素敵な場所でした🥰🥰 ⠀ 📍#彩虹眷村#彩虹村#台中 #rainbow#rainbowvillage#taiwan#taipei#taichung#asia#colorful#wallart#art#cute#beautiful#visit#visittaiwan#photooftheday#travel#trip#instatravel#genic_travel#mytravelstory#besplacetogo#irohacamera #彩虹村爺爺#台湾#台灣#台北#台中#台湾旅行#海外旅行

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Día 55: Estamos en Taiwan!!!! Exactamente en Taichung una ciudad prácticamente en el centro de la isla, hoy hemos estado recorriéndola y siendo sinceros no es la ciudad más bonita del mundo pero aún así tiene cosas muy chulas como estas casas tan coloridas situadas en un barrio llamado rainbow village y con una historia muy curiosa, pues estas casas iban a ser demolidas para construir grandes edificios pero uno de sus habitantes, un ex-soldado llamado Huang Yung-Fu decidió pintar su vivienda en forma de protesta y empezó a atraer a muchas personas fascinadas por sus magníficas pinturas, así que continuó pintando las casas de alrededor hasta conseguir que lo declararan una zona de arte cultural protegida y así paralizó la demolición.😊 ▫️ Y vosotros, ¿conocéis algún lugar tan colorido como este?? No vale Disneyland 🤣 y ¿qué os gustan más las grandes ciudades con mil cosas que hacer y ver o las ciudades más pequeñitas pero con mucho encanto que invitan a relajarse y pasear?🤔 ▫️ PD: si algún día venís a Taichung no os podéis ir sin visitar la tienda de Miyahara (es preciosa) y probar sus magníficos helados. 🍨😋 ▫️ Un saludo a todos viajeros!!! 👋 . . . #taiwan #traveltaiwan #discovertaiwan #discovertaichung #taichung #rainbowvillage #igtaiwan #instataiwan #taiwan_dream #taiwan1 #taiwantrip #travelblogger #travelingram #instatravel #instaviajeros #lavidanoessolotrabajar #iatiporelmundo #iamtb #travelrepost #viajerosporelmundo #viajaresvivir #backpacker #backpackerstory #travelcouples #travellove #travelguide #phototravel #ilovetaiwan

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