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Kengkou Community Painted Village(坑口彩繪村)

Updated:2017-12-14

Posted Date:2015-12-25

Popularity:1077


During recent years, mural painting has become a popular trend in Taiwan; many communities are using art to create new attractions. Kengkou Community Painted Village is located next to the century-old "Chengsheng Temple" in Luzhu. From the streets of rustic farmhouses with red roof tiles, you can see the childlike style of paintings depicting the lifestyle of farmers. In Kengkou Community, apart from the Chengsheng Temple dedicated to the worship of Guan Yu, there is also a farming community made up of local residents. Now, with the trend of revamping the community through art by mural painting, the residents worked together to paint the walls in the community, and Kengkou Community gradually became a well-known painting community. Mural paintings have expanded from the vicinity of the bustling Chengsheng Temple to the interchange of Haishan Road and Kengkou Road; they cover around 30 hectares of residential and factory walls which spans an area of around 3,310 square meters. Most of the scenes are based on farm life commonly seen in the fifties and sixties. The return to simpler times makes the experience more intimate, which is also one of the main reasons for its popularity among tourists; it is also a favorite location for visitors to take photos.

In the past, most villagers from Kengkou were members of farming families, therefore the art revamping event organized by Luzhu District's Kengkou Community and the Community Development Association designed and painted farming village scenes on the walls of the houses and factories, as well as designed painted alleyways. Once you enter from the Chengsheng Temple, it is the start of the Kengkou model community. Here you will find the community map painting designed by the Community Development Association to help visitors navigate their way through the world of painting.
The paint village is divided into four parts which include the vicinity of the Chengsheng Temple, two painted alleys, Yongchun chemical factory zone, and Haishan Road. Visitors begin their tour by walking along interconnected buildings to enter a time tunnel filled with rich and colorful paintings. From water buffaloes, chickens, ducks, and other animals drawn in 1:1 scale, visitors can interact directly with the paintings. You can picture yourself plowing a field with the ox, or feeding chickens and ducks in the old sanhoyuan (three-section compound). These simple but meaningful images decorate this rustic village. There is also a brick stove, the type used by grandmothers. By combining the firewood, bamboo steamers, as well as the chimney of the old house, a nostalgic scene is recreated.

Turn the corner and you will see the corner shop form your childhood; push the old tricycle and take a photo filled with the flavor of the old days with your travel companions. The Kengkou Community Paint Village is full of wonderful surprises; the walls of the alleyways are covered with a colorful coat of paint which makes it easy to forget the times that have passed, taking you back to your childhood memories.
Apart from the neighborhood around Chengsheng Temple, if you would like to experience something different, visit Haishan Road for different scenery. The paintings look even more life-like along with the common lantana flowers and the trees on the side of the road. If you visit in autumn, you will be able to see the Mexican asters in full bloom in the flower fields, swaying delicately in the breeze and evoking gentle yearnings.
 

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