Seoul Secrets: Trick-Eye Museum 서울 트릭아이미술관

Trick Eye Museum Seoul in Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea
The Trick-Eye Museum Seoul (서울 트릭아이미술관) is a great place to spend an afternoon.  We checked it out on a Sunday, but it would be the perfect place to have a little fun before dinner, drinks, and party-time any day in Seoul.  We went to The Trick-Eye Museum in Seoul before venturing over to Pakito Taberna Espanola and had a wicked Sunday Funday!


Trick-Eye Museum Seoul

There are now 4 different sections of the museum.  The Trick-Eye section was my favourite, as there were plenty of opportunities for us to take silly photos.  As much as they looked really cheesy when we were taking them, they actually turned out pretty well on camera!  There were sections related to classic paintings and dance, water sports and activities, places around the world (and their monsters), as well as candyland!

Trick-Eye Museum Hongdae Seoul Korea
Trick-Eye Museum Seoul
I would pay special attention to this entire section of the museum as they’re likely the only photos that will turn out especially well.  Most Koreans actually brought tripods so that they could get couple and group shots.  I wish we had had the foresight for that, although I actually only have a cheap-o Daiso selfie stick.  Something to consider…


Our next section was the carnival.  Make sure to notify the attendant on the way in if you actually want to play carnival games as this tends to be an area where higher staffing is needed.  You’ll pay KRW 1,000 – 2,000/ game.  It seems I’m no longer the sharp shooter I used to be, but H managed to win me a teddy bear!

Ice Museum

The Ice Museum was -4 degrees Celsius.  as a Canadian, I though I’d be able to handle the below freezing temperatures, but silly me!  We could only hack it for a few minutes.  The ice sculptures were really cool and I’m sure we would have had more fun going down the slide (yes, there’s a slide made of ice) and playing around in the living room and bedroom all made out of ice had we brought jackets.  Definitely layer at the museum because some areas are steamy, whilst this area certainly was not!


Love Museum

Heading into the love museum I thought it would be somewhat subdued.  Not exactly!  There were graphic images I can’t share on this PG13 website.  Penises abounded and there were plenty of places to see insertions which are usually blurred out in Korean “adult” films.  I actually found myself a bit bashful in this section as it was really out there!

Getting to the Trick-Eye Museum Seoul:

Address: Seoul, Mapo-gu, Hongik-ro 3-gil, 20 서교 프라자 B2 트릭 아이 미술관 B2 floor, Seogyo Plaza 20 Hongikro 3gil, Mapogu.  
Phone: 02-3144-6300

Open daily from 9 AM – 9 PM

Directions to the Trick Eye Museum Seoul:  We took the directions from My Seoul Searching, which said to go to Hongik University (Line 2) and take exit 9.  Walk straight to the main intersection and cross the street.  Take a left and walk until you see H&M.  Go down the alley.  Walk for a minute and you’ll see Santorini Seoul.  Between these directions and an app called Maps.Me we were able to find it without difficulty.  There are also some pretty good signs along the way.

Have you been to any of the Trick-Eye Museums?  How about any other weird and wild museums in Seoul?  

Let us know in the comments!

15 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks like so much fun! There is one in Busan (closer to us) but i wonder if it has the same exhibitions/sections? Would love to do this on a dreary winters day to get out the house!
    PS: I really love your blog layout!

  2. This looks like so much fun and so awesome! I love stuff like this. There’s a place in Wanaka in NZ called Puzzle World I think and it has similar effects, I remember going there as a child. Great photo opportunities!

  3. MARINA says:

    That’s so cool and funny! I love these kind of museums and attractions that bring you back to your childhood and you just have fun and forget you are on the other side of the world, or your are more than 20.. or everything!

    Definitely, I’m adding it on my list of places to go in the world that I have just started creating so I can organized it in countries and make sure I don’t miss any of these cool things on my future trips!

  4. Lauren West says:

    What a fun museum! I have yet to visit any of these Korean trick eye museums, but they look like a blast! That ice museum is crazy though. -4 degrees?!?!?! If the Canadian in you couldn’t handle it, the LA in me would just shrivel up and die immediately!

  5. Abigail says:

    I love all of these fun and unique attractions you’ve featured. I’ve never been to Seoul but seeing how you’ve showcased all of these fun attractions make me want to. I’ll add that to my travel bucket list!

  6. Janine says:

    How very cool. I love ice sculptures and the novelty of icebars so I think the ice room I would really enjoy. Good on him for winning you a teddy bear! My hubby would do the same thing!

  7. Natalie says:

    I hardly have words for this! The kids would think it is the most awesome thing EVER!!! Adding it to the list of things I just absolutely have to see. Thanks for introducing such an unusual sight. Who said museums have to be boring????

  8. Tracy says:

    Aa…I didn’t get a chance to go there when I was in Korea. But I actually had time for that but I was going Korea alone and I thought it wouldn’t be fun to spend time there alone – posing and taking picture alone… (bird chirping…)

    Definitely must visit here next time!

  9. Allison says:

    My kind of museum! I love that the locals had tripods to get a foot shot and you only had you selfie stick! You still better prepared than I am lol

  10. Megan Indoe says:

    The Trick Eye museum is so much fun! That love museum there though is CRAZY!!! We couldn’t believe how X rated it was! We also had fun at the other trick eye type of museum in Insadong too! That one is cheaper and next to alot of fun stuff as well!

  11. Rocio Cadena says:

    I actually went to the museum last time I was in Seoul and loved it! Looks like you had a lovely time before hitting the town 🙂

  12. Emre says:

    I’ve heard a lot about this museum from several people, but haven’t been there myself yet. Maybe it’s a good place to visit in winter when it is too cold outside. Maybe the Ice Museum will feel warm by then. 🙂 After reading this, I’m going to avoid the Love Museum though.

  13. Nicky says:

    I’ve been to the trick eye museum before, but not the ice and love museum. Your pictures may have convinced me to give it a go!

  14. Ice museum sounds like an interesting experiment in the middle of fall in Seoul, it may be the closest I’ll ever get to Ice Hotel or Ice Village.

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