Art and nature? Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art is a great start

img_1557Located in the Artists’ Village of Jeoji in the western area of Jeju’s Hangyeong-myeon is a small but memorable art museum with pleasant surroundings and an expansive garden.

To get to the Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened in 2007, visitors walk along a path lined by modern sculptures on the left, and on the right, dozens of anthropomorphically shaped stones stacked in interesting ways and groups.img_20161211_102824

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The Artists’ Village in Jeoji was set up with the help of government funding in 2001. Apart from its main art museums, there are many artist workshops and galleries in this otherwise remote, forested area. Jeju Olle Walking Trail No. 13 passes through the village.

There are permanent exhibitions by Korean artists Kim Heng-sou and Park Kwang-jin, while other artists’ works are regularly on display in other parts of the building. The museum itself is divided into two stories and an external exhibition space.

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dsc02349 img_1562Also on the grounds of the museum are a souvenir shop, café, and various strategically placed benches and a swing on which to admire the view, the art work, and contemplate what you’ve experienced while there.

img_20161211_102955A second space in the Annex across the street is similarly two stories, and suitable for viewing large collections or artworks that are large enough that they require an entire room to themselves.

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Photography is prohibited depending on the exhibition, but do bring your camera as the artwork on the grounds and the buildings themselves offer plenty of aesthetic opportunities.

Again, the quiet, forested surroundings are a perfect place to spend a pleasant few hours in the presence of both aesthetic and natural beauty.

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Date/Time: Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays. (It was closed Wednesdays until October 2016)

Location: 2114-63 Jeoji-ri, Jeju City

How to get there: By bus from Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal, you have two choices. If you’re looking for the most direct route, take bus 755 to O’Sulloc bus stop and then transfer to the 967, which will take you to the art village. Another way is the 702 bus along the north coast with nice views of the ocean. You can transfer to the 967 at Hallim-ri bus stop and arrive at the art village from the opposite direction, though it will add about 20 minutes to your trip.

 

 

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