The small coastal village of Yunlin is popular because of the iron window. How does Wubei Village turn from an ordinary small village into a hot spot?

Published: 2024-07-23 Author: mysheen
Last Updated: 2024/07/23, The small coastal village of Yunlin is popular because of the iron window. How does Wubei Village turn from an ordinary small village into a hot spot?


Wubei Village, Yunlinkou Lake Township, which used to be a calm village near the sea, has recently become a hot spot for netizens to sign in on a pilgrimage because of 13 retro iron flower windows. These iron windows are based on the life of the villagers, and the patterns include peasant women, working hands, the sideline of Wubei's famous sugar cane, sweet potatoes, garlic and pickles, and the "1000-year-old Lion Dance Troupe," whose members are more than a thousand years old. are prominently displayed on the iron window.

This transformation plan comes from the "heart of Kuowu town" cultural landscape transformation plan in the local creation plan of Kouhu Township. The original purpose is to improve the living function and barrier-free space of the village. The landscape design is only an incidental plan, but because the iron window is so distinctive, it accidentally brings the popularity of the social search for this ordinary village.

However, the sudden influx of tourists from the village is good or bad for the community. Artists Tsai Chia-yin and Huang Qixuan, who designed the iron window, believe that the really fascinating charm of Wubei community lies in its simple sense of life and community feelings of taking care of each other. I hope that visitors from outside will not just take pictures and clock in. But to see the real Wubei community through visits.

The iron window of the citrus shop shows the figure of Grandma's hard work, as well as local agricultural characteristics. (photo / Lin Jiyang) at the beginning of the transformation plan, I couldn't see my own villagers.

Cai Jiayin (Little V) and Summer (Huang Qixuan) are classmates of Tainan University of Fine Arts. They use art to tell stories for the community together. At the invitation of the Buffalo planning team, to participate in the Wubei community transformation design, the iron window of the creativity is from their hands.

"the first impression of stepping into Wubei is actually an ordinary countryside with no characteristics." Tsai Chia-yin describes, "many elderly people in the village are riding electric bikes with four-wheeled aids. Most of them have empty eyes and low heads. Many of the courtyards are empty, but the windows are broken but reluctant to repair them."

"in the villagers' stereotype, the city symbolizes prosperity, while the countryside represents dilapidated and dilapidated. Everyone feels that they have nothing, and they are used to thinking of themselves as supporting roles, while the protagonist is always someone else. " She believes that Wubei is a typical rural area in south-central China, with aging and serious population outflow. "after nightfall, villagers often watch other people's stories on TV at home, but they don't take their lives seriously."

Let Wubei community want to work with designers Cai Jiayin and Huang Qixuan in the popular iron window on the Internet. (photo / Lin Jiyang) Little Swift leads the way, iron window tells stories for ordinary villages

Tsai Chia-yin stressed that the transformation of the Wubei community is not for tourists, but for the residents living here. "I hope that the villagers of Wubei Village will also see themselves become the protagonists in life."

Reviewing the process of fieldwork, Huang Qixuan found that "some people use torn calendar paper to write poems every day, and some people have nothing to do with leisure to draw ink. Villagers will also relay on the guestbook, using poetry and slang to record the events of the village." Therefore, behind the design of each iron window, there is the life style of the villagers. "there are poets, there are farmers, there are daily lives that help peel off, and there are communities that live with kindness and mutual help." .

"apart from solving the problems of local life, space transformation also allows residents to see the beauty of their community life through art and design." Huang Qixuan added, "if you look carefully, every iron window has a pair of hands, which is a tribute to everyone who works hard to live here."

The two also take the common small Swift nesting in the eaves in the community as the theme, and skillfully design the index system of the small Swift in the corners, turns, and under the eaves of the village to guide visitors to know this lovely village.

Cai Jiayin and Huang Qixuan designed ten small swifts, ambushing at street corners and turns, guiding visitors to read handmade dishes in this insipid and lovely village (photography / Lin Jiyang), recording the human feelings and mutual aid life in the countryside.

Another design that is easy to be overlooked is the sticker made by the villagers themselves outside the elderly canteen in the community activity center.

In the canteen, there are many volunteer mothers who help with cooking, and some villagers abroad donate food or add food money from time to time. From time to time, there is a delivery culture of "donating ten jin of pork" and "donating a batch of rice noodles." Tsai Chia-yin was impressed by the phenomenon of distant relatives and friends conveying their feelings through food.

"many people who leave home not only take care of the elders of their families, but also extend to the elderly in the village by sending supplies." Tsai Chia-yin noticed that many emotions are expressed through food, and they also use the taste of food to remember their loved ones and hometown.

"for example, the director, who once left his hometown, used Fried Rice with Shrimps's dish to remember what it was like for his mother to cook for him." As a result, Tsai Chia-yin and Huang Qixuan designed a set of activities for volunteer mothers to paint with sticky paper with the elderly to post the most profound menu in their memories.