What do you do when you are on vacation and one of the days you are scheduled to hop from one place to another, most places being open spaces and tourist sites, and it rains? Hard???
Fortunately for me, weather report in Korea is accurate (it was by the hour breakdown so that was pretty amazing) thus I was able to plan my day accordingly. My default activities on a rainy travel day would be shopping, food tripping or museum hopping.
How the building of Trickeye Museum looks like from outside
So I decided to visit one of Seoul’s popular museums for tourists called Trickeye Museum located at Hongdae district, where everyone in the crowd seemed to be students as it is near the Hongik University. Entrance fee to Trick Eye Museum is at 13,000 KW for adult and 11,000 KW for kids. There are some lockers you can make use of for your stuff should you want to go around without minding heavy load.
Anyway, Trickeye Museum is an interactive museum where paintings were made use of what they call Trompe-l’œil (eye-tricking) technique. It made 2D paintings look like 3D. The subject therefore appears to be part of the background, it is a camwhore’s heaven. This is especially fun for those who love doing creative poses.
Some paintings are made to imitate the popular ones or transport you to what looked like Venice and Greece, or even bring you back to medieval times. I had such a blast and I was in there… solo! Haha! I realize how crazy I must have looked to other visitors since I was posing to a tripod. It was so much fun though.
So if your vacation days happen to be dampened by a rainy day, it probably is a good idea to visit museums of the city you are in. In this case, if you are in Seoul, I suggest to visit Trickeye Museum for some wacky posing (half a) day. Actually, you can be done in about 2 hours or less.
Open everyday: 10am-9pm
How to get there: Get off at Hongdae Station/Hongik University stop at Line 2 Exit 9, Walk straight for about 200m then turn left at the first intersection. Walk until you reach Starbucks on the left. Cross the main street on your right and go down the alley next to Holika Holika. Continue walking for a minute and Trickeye Museum will be on your right.
Map above from Trickeye Museum website