Vincent Van Gogh Bunker de Lumieres on Jeju Island

by - May 03, 2021

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Do you ever wondered what to expect when you visit BUNKER DE LUMIERES on Jeju Island? Inside a reinforced concrete bunker in Seogwipo-si, is a 3000 square meter complex that’s been transformed into an immersive art and music experience. Paintings from Dutch post-impressionist Vincent Willem van Gogh and French Post-Impressionist Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin are projected on walls, set to classical music. Don't miss this show if u are in Jeju!

Van Gogh Inside: Festival of Light and Music has been held three times in Seoul but this is the first time this captivating multimedia project has come to Jeju. There is a secret bunker at on Jeju Island, which once housed old national communication facility and had remained unknown to the public for a long time. This large structure is covered with soil and trees, thus disguised to look like a mountain. This old national facility will be reborn as “Bunker de Lumieres”, a media art exhibition hall that will become Jeju's new landmark for culture and art.

Please note that the Vincent Van Gogh exhibition will end Feb. 28. Entrance was KRW 15,000 which was extremely expensive for the show.

Van Gogh Museum: A Journey into the Life of this Genius
Vincent Willem Van Gogh, born in 1853 in Zundert—a small city in the province of North Brabant, in the south of the Netherlands—and one of the main proponents of the Post-Impressionism movement, has a museum in Amsterdam which is entirely devoted to his life and works. It is one of the most-visited and important museums in the world.

Bunker de Lumieres is a bunker with the images of the works by the featured artist projected on all sides of the walls.

I found this museum really interesting.

It’s impressive to see how the the exhibition uses different materials as the canvas for these paintings, from the walls to the floors.

On July 29, 1890, Vincent van Gogh died. The world famous Dutch artist lived thirty seven years, of which only the last seven – ten years were devoted to painting. Van Gogh searched for a long time in what he will be able to show himself as much as possible. And as far as I know, he started painting at about twenty seven years old. And with all the passion he devoted himself to this business and created one masterpiece after another. 

Unfortunately, no one seriously evaluated his work at the beginning and did not take his efforts seriously. Many of his paintings were destroyed by those to whom he gifted them. Even his own mother when moving left dozens of paintings by his son abandoned. All of them disappeared without a trace.

The floors and walls become the canvas of this highly immersive digital art that come to life, as Van Gogh's art work are displayed all over and synchronised with beautiful clasical music. 

This picture is called “Sunflowers”. He painted it in August 1888. This painting is one of the most replicated. The picture is very unusual. He painted the pot and the background so that it is not clear whether it is a table, or a distant horizon and sand. Flowers are not very beautiful. Some of them are with ragged petals. Flowers are more like asters than sunflowers. Such flowers are barren and occasionally appear among healthy flowers. But Van Gogh chose them for the bouquet.

His paintings and aspects of them are projected across side walls, floors and in front of the viewer to create an immersive experience. Meanwhile, music plays throughout the exhibition rooms, changing in style and tone to reflect the altered mindset of the painter and his descent into madness. 

Aside from each zone, there are various rooms where the viewer gets to interact with Van Gogh’s art and style. Before visiting the Van Gogh museum you need to know that you’d better book your admission ticket. In fact, it’s one of Amsterdam’s most important museums and houses the largest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh, and booking your ticket will make you skip the line at the entrance and follow the tour.

Not only will you get to see van Gogh’s famous paintings, you’ll also learn a lot about his biography and influences. Each zone has information that accompanies the music and paintings.

The calm music playing enhanced the experience. The Van Gogh part was definitely more entertaining because of the familiarity factor.

Sit, relax, and immerse yourself in the world of Van Gogh.

It’s an exhibition about the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh as well as other impressionist-inspired painters, including Claude Monet, Pierre August Renoir, and Edgar Degas. You’ll learn more about Vincent van Gogh, his life, and his works through various digital art displays. This is a really cool exhibit because you can see the different art works change and move around you as you walk from one zone to another.

Overall, I spent around 2 hours taking photos and is quite fun. Very well put together with a fantastic collection of music which really compliments the art making it a fully immersive experience. Even though quite full of people still able to see the attractions and get good photos. Festival of Light and Music is a fun and educational art exhibit that presents classical works of art in a creative, new way. Come and see for yourself!

Any recommendations for must visit places in Jeju Island? Please leave your comments below!


Address: 2039-22 Goseong-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo

Hours: Winter (Dec. to Feb.) 10:00 to 18:00, last admission 17:00; Summer 10:00 - 19:00, last admission 18:00

Admission fees: Adults: 15,000 won / Youths: 11,000 won / Children: 9,000 won

Inquiries: 1522-2653 or 064-740-6000

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  1. This must have been such a lovely experience!

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  2. Oh my goodness! This looks like such a special exhibition. Wow! Your pictures from the event are just spectacular.
    the creation of beauty is art.

  3. Bonitos montajes, mucho color. Gracias y un abrazo

  4. I love culture. And I know I would love to see this.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  5. Hola!! te ves muy bien en esa foto, el contraste de colores es genial

  6. Van Gogh was a master! Interesting how it looks like you blend into the paintings.

  7. I am not an art expert but I seem to always recognise a Van Gogh. Maybebfcos of the brilliant golds and yellows and the blue and white spirals. Beautiful paintings and at life size too, good trip

  8. Hi, Roseline!

    It was kind of you to reach out to me at SPMM. Mrs. Shady and I art art lovers. We would love to follow in your footsteps and be surrounded as you were by the works of impressionist artist Van Gogh and other masters of his time. Mrs. S has a bag with The Starry Night on it.

    Thank you for your interest in Shady's Place Music & Memories, Roseline. I hope you will come visit me again soon!

  9. Omg Jeju island is on my bucket list, it's so beautiful!


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