Every wanted to ride a mythical creature? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to live out your childhood dream? At the Trick Eye Museum in Seoul, all of that is possible- and more!
After seeing so many photos of the museum on various social media sites and that it had high ratings on different travel sites, I decided to give it a try. Three of my friends and I decided to make a day trip to the district of Hongdae and we planned to stop by the museum while we were there.
We almost walked past the museum because it’s located underground. The little above-ground entrance to the museum was situated between two little shopping stalls on a busy street in the main part of the district. You have to descend down the stairs to get to the actual museum.
Coming here, I had mixed expectations. Some of the photos I saw looked really cool but I wasn’t sure how much fun it would be to actually create the illusions. The museum uses several techniques and props to create these various illusions but it also requires that you place yourself in some interesting positions to make it work. At first, it seems a little awkward, and even childish, to put yourself in these weird scenarios. But, I promise, soon enough you’ll be laughing so hard with your friends and having such a great time!
Here are some the fun pictures that came out:
Fulfill Your Childhood Dream of Being a Ballerina
Get Attacked By Some Scary Monsters
Or Just Chill Out with a Panda
Or Hitch a Ride on a Unicorn
Anything is Possible!
Your ticket to the museum also grants you access to two other exhibitions, including the Ice Museum. Just before entering the museum, an attendant gives you a “blanket,” which is this super thin piece of material (I’m not even sure what it was made out of). Then you enter this refrigerator that has numerous sculptures made from ice.
It is freezing in there (obviously) and the blankets do almost nothing to keep you warm. I was afraid that the sudden shift in temperature might cause my camera lens to crack so I didn’t take any photos. My friends and I quickly walked around and left before any of us turned into icicles.
The third part of your ticket allows you to enter the “Carnival.” All it is is a hallway with a few carnival-style games on either side. I’m not sure why, but most of the games were closed when we were there so there wasn’t much for us to do.
Student and Traveler Tips
The best thing you can do is to come to the Trick Eye museum with an open mind. It is a little weird at first, and it may be a little out of your comfort zone, but you forget about all of that so quickly.
Also, definitely come here with a few of your friends. They were the reason this was such a fun experience; I don’t think I have ever laughed so much like I did the few hours we were at the museum.
The Ice Museum and the Carnival weren’t that much fun but the Trick Eye Museum was amazing. I highly recommend coming here!