Art in South Korea: Seoul Trick Eye Museum (with Discount Coupons!)

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Korea has so many captivating, historical landmarks outdoors, from palaces to temples to the world’s oldest bridge. During the spring and summer, enjoying these attractions is a piece of cake. In the winter, though? Unless you enjoy bone-chilling winds that make your eyes water and slippery, non-salted sidewalks (and I know there are a few of yall out there who LIVE for that stuff), you probably want to be a bit more comfortable and find something to do indoors. Visit Seoul and head for its famous Trick Eye Museum, located in the notorious neighborhood of Hongdae.

The Trick Eye Museum is a museum full of optical illusion art in which you can participate–perfect for today’s camera-happy generation. However, selfies won’t work here; you’ll need to drag along bring a friend to help you get that perfect shot.

Inside the museum

Inside the museum

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The best photos are those without flash. For the illusions to work, you just need to follow the directions and arrows written on the ground, which will show you where to stand. How to stand, is up to you. Pose your tush off…but quickly because there will be a line of people behind you waiting to get silly too!

My first time here was during my first stay in Korea with some friends. We went on a Saturday, and even on weekends the lines for photos move quickly; you just need to be strategic and find empty lines first, then when the lines at busy exhibits dwindle you can head for those before the next rush comes through.

For these next two pictures, I was actually lying down on my back, not on my hands or jumping. I arranged my hair and clothes above my head or beside me to make the final shot more realistic ^_^

For these next two pictures, I was actually lying down on my back, not on my hands or jumping. I arranged my hair and clothes above my head or beside me to make the final shot more realistic ^_^

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There were families with young kids, elderly couples, high-schoolers, adults, and everyone in between having fun at the museum. There are usually discounts for 3,000 won (about $3) off the 15,000 won (~$14) admission. You can find coupons here and also get FREE admission on your birthday with this coupon. It’s a fun place to stop through with your friends, parents, or even on a date. Share pictures if you go and tag me on Twitter and/or Instagram for a retweet/share!

 

Need more ideas for what to do in Seoul? I gotchu.

About Atembe

Atembe is a Cameroonian-American who is exactly 27 years old (because saying "20-something" is SO 2016) and currently teaching kiddos art and English in South Korea. In her free time she's dancing, drinking too much celebrity tea, living vicariously through characters in her favorite TV comedies, or [sometimes] letting her husband Eric beat her at Wii. Catch her on Twitter or Instagram via @sothisisfate, and for a faster response, tweet her a "TAR!..."

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