Taichung’s Rainbow Village, created by amateur artist Huang Yung-fu (黃永阜), was one of two Taiwanese destinations listed in Lonely Planet’s Secret Marvels of the World guidebook last month.
The village, known for its vibrant colors, received international recognition from two other sources this year.
It ranked third in an online survey by Japanese travel agency H.I.S. asking Japanese netizens to rank photo-worthy destinations in Taiwan that they wanted to visit the most.
Photo: Su Meng-chuan, Taipei Times
British lifestyle Web site Culture Trip included the Rainbow Village in its “10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Taiwan.”
In response to his sudden rise to fame, 95-year-old veteran Huang, nicknamed the “Rainbow Grandfather,” said that he never imagined such a thing would happen, adding that he found it a little baffling.
“I am being watched by others, but I am watching others, too,” he said.
Huang said he enjoys other people’s company, especially the joy and laughter of his audience.
In 2008, Huang painted on the walls and floors of his self-built residence inside an old veterans’ village in Taichung’s Nantun District (南屯).
Two years later, when his house was listed for land readjustment by the government, Huang said the public started a campaign to save the Rainbow Village.
Letters flooded the mayor’s mailbox and the Taichung City Government made an exception allowing him to keep his house, he added.
Last year, more than 1.25 million people visited the Rainbow Village, the city government said.
Huang said that as long as his health allows, he almost always greets his visitors and that he still begins working at 4am almost every day.
The self-taught artist said he draws whatever comes to mind, including animals, puppets and even childhood memories.
He was hospitalized for a week early last month due to pneumonia after a cold, Huang said, adding that after checking out of hospital, he put his painting on pause to allow his body to rest and readjust.
He wanted to recover quickly so that he could continue painting, Huang said, adding that his energy has recovered and he has resumed painting.
“There are already a lot of images in my head and I want to paint all of them,” Huang said.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
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