A Soon-to-Be-Knocked-Down Village in Taiwan Saved by a Retired Soldier and His Colorful Visions

    A Soon-to-Be-Knocked-Down Village in Taiwan Saved by a Retired Soldier and His Colorful Visions
    Greg

    10:15 AM EDT, March 13, 2023, updated: 1:11 PM EDT, March 14, 2023

    A village in Taiwan was on the verge of disappearance as the government had been planning to build a housing estate there. All the plans were shattered by an OAP with a brush in his hand!

    Several years ago the Taiwan’s government decided to knock down a village inhabited by veterans (today it is a part of the Taizhong city) to build a complex of apartment buildings there

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    As he points out, ‘When I came here, there were about 1,200 households here and we all lived like a one big family.’

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    So the moment he was told the news, he grabbed his paintbrush and… started creating his stunning pictures on a variety of buildings

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    While he was working on it, a bunch of students came to the village. When they saw the works of Mr. Yung-Fu, they immediately took actions to save the place

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    They took several photographs and filed a petition to save the village. Very soon it was called the Rainbow Village and became a tourist destination

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    Many people who had left their homes there came back

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    Interestingly, Huang Yung-Fu is not a professional artist. It was his dad who passed on the love for drawing and painting

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    The man started painting at the age of 5. His first picture was a bird and it decorated the wall in his bedroom

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    Today the village is visited by millions of tourists every year. The place offers a lot of visual sensations

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    The author of the paintings is 97 years old today. However, he promises that he will continue to create until he dies!

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    Would you like to visit this place?

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