Rainbow Earth These 5 Colourful Places Across The World Act As Mood Boosters

From art villages with splendid graffiti to heritage districts and even temples in India, these are some of the most colourful places in the world
A street performer plays guitar in front of the colorful graffiti painted in the Rainbow Village of Taiwan. Photo Credit Gary Yim / Shuterstock
A street performer plays guitar in front of the colorful graffiti painted in the Rainbow Village of Taiwan. Photo Credit Gary Yim / Shuterstock

A colour palette may not be a consideration while selecting your next holiday destination, but why not do just that Go somewhere soaked in vibrant colours, because studies have shown that bright colours can have a positive influence on your mind, making you feel happier.

Rainbow Village, Taichung, Taiwan

One of Taiwan's most popular tourist destinations is also a labour of love and an attempt to save a village from being demolished. The story behind the village of&nbspTaichung on Taiwan&rsquos central western coast&nbspdates back more than a decade, when a WWI soldier and Taichung resident, Huang Yung-fu, started painting motifs on houses to save them from being demolished and redeveloped. The news spread and soon, many people joined in, and fundraising campaigns continued the work filling the village with with psychedelic colours. Incidentally, the village is a former military housing estate and one of the many other villages which served as housing for veterans. most have been demolished. This was saved thanks to the efforts of&nbspHuang who came to be known&nbspas "Grandpa Rainbow." The village used to get over a million visitors per year before the pandemic and was among the most &ldquoInstagrammable&rdquo places in the world. In August 2022, news reports said that&nbspan attempt to by the government&nbspstrengthen the village walls (made of mud bricks and straw) resulted in the destruction of some of the&nbspmurals. 

Where It is located in Nantun district, west of the Taichung city center. 

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The former working-class neighbourhood and site of an old port, La Boca is known as the home ground of the Boca Juniors football team, and for the El Caminito area. "Caminito" translates to  "little path." Packed with colourful zinc shacks that are from the area's immigrant days, this place is like an opne-air museum. The area was restored in the 1950s with the houses getting a dose of bright paint. Now you will see restaurants serving up parrilla, Argentina&rsquos delicious grilled meats, and hip cafes. And lots of streetside tango. People come here to take pictures with life-size papier-m&acircché sculptures of well-known people who wave from the balconies here - think Diego Maradona,&nbspJuan and Eva Per&oacuten, and Che Guevara.

Willemstad, Curacao

This Caribbean island is a kaleidoscope of colours because of the dazzlingly colourful Dutch buildings that dot the waterside. It was an important port city under the Dutch at one time. They were originally painted in white and the glare was enough to blind someone. In 1817, former governor Albert Kikkert asked that they be painted in bright colours instead. The historic area of Willemstad&rsquos inner city and the harbour were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in In 1997. As the UNESCO site says,&nbspthe town developed continuously over centuries and today it consists of several distinct historic districts whose architecture reflects not only European urban-planning concepts but also styles from the Netherlands and from the Spanish and Portuguese colonial towns with which Willemstad engaged in trade.

Peranakan Houses of Singapore

&nbspLocated off the main road of Katong in Singapore, the brightly coloured&nbspPeranakan&nbsphouses are a deep contrast to the glass and concrete structures of Singapore.  They reflect the culture and traditions of Singapore&rsquos Peranakan community which dates back to the 15th century.&nbspIt is a mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian with some  Portuguese, Dutch and Indonesian thrown in. Locals refer to the houses on Koon Seng Road as the "Painted Ladies".

Guatapé, Colombia

Around three hour from the city of Medellin, the pueblo of Guatepé is known for the vibrant homes decorated with frescoes and paintings of flowers, guitars, llamas, and even local desserts. 

Related Stories

No stories found.
Outlook Traveller