Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Seoul's Trick Eye Museum

It's been a rainy few weeks in Korea recently. Monsoon season is here, and weather reports pretty consistently look like this:

Fortunately, Seoul still has plenty of museums, galleries and other indoor settings to visit while it's pouring down outside. Last weekend, Angela and I visited the Trick Eye Museum in Seoul's Hongdae district. This gallery exhibits numerous two- and three-dimensional art works that trick the eyes into seeing something else. These include famous classical paintings, interactive installations and historical backdrops with costumes to wear. It's all very gimmicky and silly, so of course Angela and I were always destined to fall in love with it. Here are some photos we took:

This ghostlike figure greets you as you walk from the streets of Hongdae down to the museum, which is located underground.
Angela bares her bottom.

There was also an ice museum that we visited before visiting the main trick eye museum.

Despite the blankets, it was still uncomfortably cold inside!

By this point my fingers and toes were almost completely numb.
Soon we returned to the warmth of the Trick Eye Museum.

The first and only time Angela gets to be taller than me.

All that strength, and she's not even left-handed.

The Hall of Mirrors.

There were tons of other pictures, paintings, trompe l'oeils and sceneries that I didn't show in this post. If you're interested in visiting the museum yourself, this website gives pretty good directions.


  1. Hello, thank you for visiting Trick Eye Museum and hope you had great time with us. We would like to share some of your photo at TEM in our blog for English speakers (http://trickeye.blogspot.com). If it's ok with you, please let us know. Thank you! :)

    1. Sorry for such a late response. Yes, you may post my photos to your blog. Thanks for asking!