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 Taichung on Taiwan&rsquos central western coast dates 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 Huang who came to be known as "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 an attempt to by the government strengthen the village walls (made of mud bricks and straw) resulted in the destruction of some of the murals.
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-mâché sculptures of well-known people who wave from the balconies here - think Diego Maradona, Juan and Eva Perón, and Che Guevara.
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, the 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
Located off the main road of Katong in Singapore, the brightly coloured Peranakan houses 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. It 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".
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.
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