Sunday 5 January 2014

Korea - Seoul : Trick Eye Museum + Bukchon Hanok Village + N Seoul Tower

Korea trip Oct 2013

I have been wanting to go this Trick Eye Museum since forever. Came across a few illusion art pieces in Singapore and found them very interesting. Trick Eye Museum is a special art gallery with paintings created using 'trompe l'oeil' techniques that give each 2D art piece the illusion of being in 3D. Similar optical illusion logic as Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road) in Jeju

Number 1 item to bring to this museum is camera. At eye level, you will see the art pieces as 2D, in order to transform these 2D art piece to 3D illusion is through the camera viewfinder. Number 2 item to bring is tripod. There are staffs around to help taking pictures but sometimes they will be busy so bring a tripod to join fun with your friends together.

Look out for this pink signboard for the entrance

First illusion at the door

hello hello, why are you shitting in public?

The entrance fee allows you to enter the Trick Eye Museum as well as the Ice Museum. 1 price for 2 museums. In Ice Museum, visitors can experience and enjoy ice sculptures, igloos and slides.

Actually, Ice museum nothing much inside. You will not stay there very long because it is too cold and the area is quite small to take pictures without other people photobomb it.

Let's go to the Trick Eye Museum now!!

Once upon a time, a poor little man suddenly......

"HUAT liao! Truck full of cash!"

Then he got rich so he decided to buy a new car and bring along a bouquet of balloons to..

He came to watch his gf ballerina performance and gave her that bouquet of balloons.

The next day, they went to see their new house.

He even bought her a dog to accompany her when he was not around.

Flew to Paris to shop till drop.

Also flew to Japan to eat gigantic sushi.

She was leading a wealthy tai tai lifestyle until a dinosaur disrupted their life.

He got trapped in a box and "kidnapped" by the dinosaur as hostage.

He somehow managed to escape from dinosaur but kept chasing by this new creature - evil dragon.

And then by this giant piranha.

Then he successfully killed all the three monsters and got famous overnight.

He was offered a high rank in the palace but he rejected.

He started to pick up martial arts to kill more monsters. His motive is to save the world.

So he exchanged views with Jet Li.

Finally, went to shaolin temple to challenge eighteen bronze people. 

All this while, she went to learn kungfu from kungfu panda.

There is a little secret between this couple. A pervert lived inside their body.

He loved to take pictures of other's upskirt and showcase his body in the public.

He believed in virgin boy urine and went around pulling down people's pants while she..... looked into other people's boxers.

Everybody has their little secret that they do not share with anybody. Please help keep this secret of this crazy couple within this Trick Eye Museum will do.


If you do not keep this promise, this man will pull you to black little hole and never come back ever again.

Trick Eye Museum (Hongdae)
Nearest train station: Hongik University station line 2, exit 9
Address: 357-1, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul Seogyo Plaza B2
Opening hours: 10am to 9pm (last admission: 8pm)
Admission Fee: Adult 15,000 won , child 12,000 won

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village located between Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. This village has been preserved for at least 600 years since Joseon Dynasty.

Bukchon translates to "northern village". This place is never meant to be a tourist attraction as it is a residential neighbourhood where people actually live in. However, these hanoks are clustered together closely in this area, it has unknowingly became a hot tourists spot. Many traditional hanoks are now used as a traditional culture center, guesthouse, restaurants and tea houses allowing tourists to experience the atmosphere of the Joseon Dynasty.

Filled with local designers shops

What was this commotion about?

Dont know what was happening? Never mind! Just follow the queue! lol #TypicalKiasuSingaporean

Luckily the queue was going at a fast rate.

Oohhhh skewed chicken. 2,000 won per stick. quite yummy ~

Luden Loquen Space. A traditional hanok converted tea house. 

The menu was quite intimidating because it is all in korean ~.~ that was why we did not go in.

These traditional houses called 'hanok' that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. Some of them operate as guesthouse. Initially wanted to book for our stay in Korea but was a little far from the town area. Next time I would want to stay here!

Bukchon Hanok Village
Nearest train station: Anguk Station line 3, exit 2. 
Direction: Go straight for about 300m to arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village

N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower is the symbolic landmark of Seoul and stands at the peak of Nansam Mountain, hence is the perfect place to see the panoramic view of Seoul. 

Take elevator to cable car boarding place.

Then take cable car up to N Seoul Tower.

The way I stood... The photographer should tell me to stand nicer lor.. but background v nice lol

N Seoul Tower also famous for its "Locks of Love"

Thousands of padlocks attached to the fence symbolizing their undying affection. You can bring your own padlocks or buy from the souvenir shops.

The Roof Terrace: a romantic place amongst the clouds

Good night Seoul~

N Seoul Tower
Nearest train station: Myeongdong station line 4, exit 3

Directions By Cable Car: 
Walk for about 10 -15 minutes following the street of the right side of the Pacific Hotel, after coming out of the exit 3 of Myeong-dong Station (line 4). Take the elevator up to the cable boarding place.
Operating Hours: 10:00-23:00 

Cable car fee: 
Adult: one way 6,000 won/ return 8,000 won 
Child: one way 3,500 won/ return 5,000 won 


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