These days almost everyone has a smart phone with a camera. In Asia particularly, taking photos of anything and everything is just the norm; it's actually almost expected and no-one thinks twice about taking a "selfie" to upload to social media as soon as there's decent WiFi...
So a place like DMZ (Dream Zone Museum) on the border of Kuta and Legian is all sorts of entertaining for snap-happy folk who are looking to update their profile picture with an unbelievable photo that's sure to get their friends asking about it (or at least pressing the "Like" button).
Located on Jl. Nakula near Jl. Dewi Sri and Sunset Road, DMZ is a 3D trick art museum featuring life-size, three-dimensional murals for visitors to pose and have pictures taken against.
Trick art is when two-dimensional images can be viewed in three dimensions, creating deceiving illusions that look almost real. Throughout DMZ, there are markers painted on the floor to show you the best position from which to take a photo to create the best illusion.
It's also best not to use the flash on your camera, as the bright light reflects back from the paintings.
There are 120 unique artworks spread over three floors, and divided into 14 fun themes or zones:
Contemporary, Egypt, Aquarium, Safari, Renaissance, 18+ Area, Sport, Indonesia, Dream Park, Big & Small, Venice, Korean Pavilion, Luminescence Zone & Jurassic Park
All exhibitions at DMZ were carefully designed by a talented team of local and South Korean artists to create life-like images for visitors to pose up against.
Some artwork is designed just for one person but there are many that work best using two or more people, rendering sometimes hilarious scenarios.
In the Renaissance zone, famous paintings have been given an unusual twist. Visitors can help Van Gogh shave his face, while Monet's "The Scream" is caught with his pants down (so to speak).
The Safari zone is where all the wild animals hang out. Here you can feed a gorilla, walk with elephants, and hose down a zebra to wash away its stripes.
Heading in to the great big Indonesia zone, you can have your photo taken with the famous Prambanan Temple in the background, or at Bali's popular Tanah Lot temple.
There's definitely a Korean influence at DMZ and all K-POP fans will love the Korean Pavilion. Ride "Gangnam Style" with Psy and have your photo taken alongside SHINee and other popular artists.
Photos really do come to life depending on your pose, and the friendly staff are always around to give you creative ideas on what to do to get the best picture.
They'll also show you the best angle from which to take the photo and can also help take group photos to include everyone.
All shoes must be removed when entering DMZ, they will be waiting for you on the other side once you've been through the entire gallery.
There's also a small cafe corner where you can purchase soft drinks and water after all the fun has been had.
|Opening hours||Monday - Sunday , 9am to 10pm|
|Entrance fee||Local Visitors : Rp. 100,000 International Visitors : USD 10|
|Address||Jl. Nakula, No. 33X, Legian, Bali|
|Tel||+62 361 849 6220|