Trompe L’Oeil Art at Alive Museum

An important note on Jeju’s updated bus system and this blog post

From August 2017, Jeju Island implemented a new city and intercity bus system. It increased the number of buses in service, while simplifying the routes, fees and numbering system.

Consequently, the contents of this previously published blog post may have changed. We therefore would kindly request that you consult this page for new bus maps in English on,  and this page on our blog for a chart of the old and new bus route numbers.

If you read Korean, then the province’s official bus system website is a useful and up-to-date resource. We hope you’ll enjoy your travels on Jeju Island!

Alive Museum is located near the entrance to Jungmun Tourist Complex, surrounded by pleasing natural environs with a large parking lot to accommodate its many visitors.

The museum’s classical façade is grand and imposing,
not what one would expect from the name of the museum alone.
But one needs only to step into the museum to grasp why it is “alive.”
 The museum specializes in trompe l’oeil (French for “deceive the eye”) art,
 its displayed pieces versions of famous artworks with which viewers
 can take pictures in various amusing poses.
On this visit, the museum, partnering with a Jeju television station,
 was holding a photography contest exhibition.
(The museum is one of a few that allow photography indoors.)
The museum is organized into five subjects: trick art, digital art, objet art, sculpture,
and Provence art. Trick art, as can be seen in the photo below,
 involves the use of optical illusions such that objects in two-dimensional paintings
give the impression of existing in three dimensions.
Detailed captions recommend fun poses visitors might take in front of the paintings.
In digital art, digital technologies serve as a necessary component
in the production and presentation of artworks.
▲ Mona Lisa, blowing wind
▲ Boy playing a pipe
Everyday objects can be found featured in works of object art,
a style of art that joins scientific theory with pure aesthetic elements.
▲ 3D elephant
A café is conveniently located right outside the third exhibit,
allowing visitors to take a break before continuing on the tour
In the fourth exhibit, sculptures modeled after famous French-style bronze
and stone sculptures adorn an outdoor garden, where visitors are
 invited to continue taking photos.
The Provence art exhibit conjures images of children’s stories and fairy tales.
 The exhibit is smaller in scale than the others, with the three front exhibits
occupying most of the museum’s interior space.
Visitors to Alive Museum, particularly those with an interest in photography,
 are recommended to bring their cameras. And, of course, the museum is best enjoyed with family or friends to share the experience.
             Car/Taxi – 38.8 km from airport, 1 hr
Bus: From the airport, take Bus 600 to Yeomiji Botanical Garden Entrance. From there, walk north, approximately 12 minutes, in the direction of the Jeju Tourism Organization Welcome Center.
Address: 42 Jungmunggwanggwang-ro, Seogwipo City, Jeju
Phone: 064-805-0888
Website: (Korean)
Admission fee: Adults 9,000 KRW

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