Trick Eye Museum Guide: Seoul’s Best 3D Museum in Hongdae

Snap a selfie at Trick Eye Museum, the best 3D museum in Hongdae, Seoul!

trickeye-museum-(11)Located at the popular district of HongdaeTrick Eye Museum is one of the most popular and unique attractions in Seoul where you can freely touch, take photos and interact with 3D artworks.

For those who are planning a visit to Trick Eye Museum during your trip to Seoul, you may want to visit Love Museum and Ice Museum as well since they are located inside the same building as Trick Eye Museum.

If you want to know what each museum offers, here’s your guide!

1. Trick Eye Museum

Inside Trick Eye Museum, you can find plenty of funny, creative and realistic 3D paintings and installations, which are 2D artworks that are made to look like 3D using an optical illusion.
trickeye-museum-(8)Not only these paintings come alive right before your eyes, you can actually step inside them and take a pose and snap one-of-a-kind photos, which will definitely get you a ton of likes on your Instagram!trickeye-museum-(40)Moreover, with Trick Eye Museum’s new Augmented Reality (AR) feature, some of the paintings come alive so much more! You can try this feature by downloading Trick Eye app and point your smartphone camera at a painting when you are at the AR Museum in Trick Eye Museum.trickeye-museum-(36)Plus, you can also experience Virtual Reality (VR) at Trick Eye Museum’s VR Zone!

Click here for directions or Trick Eye Museum Discount Tickets.

2. Love Museum

trickeye-museum-(5)Love Museum is another unique attraction in Seoul dedicated to adults only and it is especially popular among couples looking for a unique dating spot!

It offers 3D art and paintings just like Trick Eye Museum, but it gives you a whole new experience as the museum features erotic and sexual themes.trickeye-museum-(7)As you explore, you can take photos and interact with sexy and erotic, but humorous, paintings and sculptures (some of them are very explicit!).

Those who want to visit Trick Eye Museum and Love Museum in one day can get discount combo tickets here.

3. Ice Museum

trickeye-museum-(18).jpgIf you are visiting with kids, you can opt for Ice Museum, which offers stunning ice sculptures on display all year round (best place to escape the heat during the summer!).

There’s also a gigantic ice slide for you and your little ones slip down, so don’t forget to try it!trickeye-museum-(34)Now, if you want to see what it’s like to visit these unique museums in Seoul, check out the video taken by Trazy Crew’s dearest friend, Charly!

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Surfing in Miami? No, Surfing in Korea!

Surfing is something quite common in the Western countries, but not as common in Korea due to lack of strong waves and recreational “culture”. But recently, passionate Korean surfers as well as foreigners started to dig the perfect surfing spots, which then made surfing pretty popular.

And of course, Trazy is now offering travelers the chance to experience it!11040322234_65d8194da7_b.jpgOne of our Trazy users, Hui Jeong R went surfing on one fine day in Songjeong Beach in Busan, the second biggest city in South Korea. Now, let’s hear her actual surfing experience! 🙂

P1310338“Take Line 2 Metro to Suyeong, Exit 5. Go Straight around 200 M and you’ll find a bus stop. Take the bus 1001, 1003 and get off at Songjeong beach. Walk about 15 minutes toward Songjeong beach and you will find a wooden building located beside the cafe called Angel-in-us. See a map here.

This is the Songjeong Surfing School where you can get surf lessons and rent equipment for surfing. My friend recommended me this place as it is one of the first surf schools in Korea and has different lesson programs for people with different levels. If you already know how to surf, you can rent equipment here at an affordable price. But since it was a first time for me, I booked the lesson instead.”1“Before heading out on the water, the instructor gave us a thorough instruction on how to enjoy surfing on the waves. He told us that there are 5 simple steps to how to ride the surfing board. After listening to all the steps, I changed into a full body suit!”P1310359“I would say the waves here are not too high and so it will not be challenging to learn how to surf as a first-timer.”P1310358“Throughout the course, we learned how to ‘catch’ the wave and stand on the board for 2 hours. In my case, I have short arms compared to my leg and full body, so it was hard to stand on the board (cry cry). But the instructor kindly taught me another way to stand on the board and I finally did ‘surf’! And I can tell you that the experience is totally awesome! ;)”

8627318616_cf857d5336_bSongjeong beach is not as well known as Haeundae Beach to foreign travelers, but it is a less touristy and quaint destination where you can have a great time with your friends, your other half or with your family. 5745900246_7f274e8cb3_b4960267624_bec91d649c_bYou can find couple of restaurants and snack bars where you can grab some treats around Songjeong Beach. Try to drop by after getting your surf lessons.

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Breathe in the water: Sea Walking Experience in Jeju Island

0c774a9d-254d-416b-92b1-0f3bea402eb8Get ready for one of the exciting activities, the underwater sea walk, in Jeju Island, South Korea. Surrounded by emerald colored sea waters and crystal clear skies, water sports certainly are top-notch activities visitors must try in the beautiful natural scenery of Jeju Island.

For this awesome sea walk experience, there’s nothing more complex than walking around the seabed in a bathing suit with a cute helmet on! For more information, click here.b4d352c713e3ae209bde04325b0bc2a6bd41051a_slice_0Sea walking for the first time can be exciting yet overwhelming. So here’s a 100% real travel review by one of the Trazy users, Leena W. Read this before you put your oxygen helmets on and start exploring the underwater marine life of Jeju Island!

11664800_1072394766124049_1827305713_oFriday June 19th, I got a chance to do Sea Walking at Jeju Ocean Park in Jeju. It would be a bit hard to find the place if you are going there by yourself, but I took a taxi, so it was okay. For a map and directions, click here.
11658955_1072395462790646_739217964_oAfter I arrived at the place, a staff gave a form to me to fill in my name, email and address. Among all, the email is the most important thing as the staff will send pictures of you doing sea walking to your email afterwards. When the registration process was done, the staff took me to a diving space by a shuttle bus.
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I totally give this sea walking experience at Jeju Ocean Park two thumbs up! You will regret A LOT if you don’t try this activity while you are in Jeju Island. 😉

Made up your mind? Then book this sea walking experience that you will cherish for your entire lifetime! Booking is available here.150add42-93a5-4ddc-af6b-0f14669cdc47Besides a sea walking tour, the Jeju Ocean Park also offers a variety of fun water sports like sailing, snorkeling and Water Bike. 46734f2f-550f-4df3-b5d4-86ea2d9ef138Riding a Water Bike on the waters of Jeju while enjoying a stunning view of the famous Seongsan Ilchulbong, or the Sunrise Peak, is also highly recommended at this place!

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Eat, Play, Dance! The most delicious performance in Korea! ‘Bibap’

Bibap is a Korean nonverbal performance with the concept of Korean representative dish ‘Bibimbap.’ The show describes the cooking competition of chefs through the combination of music with b-boying, acrobatic, and martial arts. Started in 2008 as a 30 minute show, Bibap has actively participated in international and domestic food fairs, biennales, and even 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Our Trazy user, Jihyeon L, visited the Bibap show. She said it was great fun. Shall we listen to her story of how much she enjoyed it? bibap7 Using the subway line 2, I got off at Euljiro 3 (sam)-ga Station and took exit 1. When you come out of the station, turn right and walk until you find the crosswalk. Cross the street and walk a few more minutes. Next to the police station, there is ‘Cine Core.’ It isn’t hard to find the theater because the big posters of ‘Bibap’ are posted on walls. bibap2 bibap3 At the ticket box, there are time tables for the show and pamphlets. Pamphlets have two versions, KR/JP/EN and EN/CN. On the back of the pamphlets, there are more details about the performance. bibap5 bibap6bibap8 There is a way to the theater on the left side of the ticket box. The theater is at the 2nd basement floor. I used a stairway when going down and took an elevator when going up. I highly recommend using the stairway because there were lots of cute images on the wall! bibap9 bibap10 bibap11 bibap12 In front of the stage hall, there were a gift shop, a wall explaining today’s show, and a photo spot. Also, there was a toilet room next to the hall. bibap13 bibap14 The hall and the stage looked like this. There were really many tourists from a lot of countries. Before the show started, one actor came up and communicated with the audiences to make them comfortable. bibap15 bibap16 The main story of this show is the competition between two master chefs, green and red at ‘BIBAP’ restaurant. They make sushi, pizza, chicken noodle, and bibimbap. In each round, one of the audiences chooses the main chef and the final chef is selected! bibap17 As it was a nonverbal show, the actors danced and sang songs to the beatbox. Sometimes they did mime and spoke very easy English. The most attractive point of this show was ‘the participation of the audiences’. In each round, at least one or two audiences have to go up to the stage and participate in the show with the actors. Some audiences danced and sang. Even one of the audiences acted like an actor. It was really funny! The audiences who participated got special presents. In the middle of the show, we played a pillow throwing game with the actors. White pillows represented the rice in Bibimbap. It was a real active part of the show. The actors were continuously hit by the pillows that the audiences threw. The last part of the show was ‘Bibimbap’. The two chefs brought out their hidden cards of their secret recipes in order to be selected by the audiences as a top chef. One of the audiences tasted the real dishes and made the final decision. bibap18 There was a photo time with the actors. I liked the funny red chef 😉 The show contains every country’s dishes so it can draw the attention of audiences from various countries.  Also, it can promote bibimbap and what it is in an interesting way. It was my first time watching a musical. I really had wanted to experience a festive and exciting thing and the show clearly met up my expectation. Go and enjoy! bibap19 button

Fall into the world of Dakpaper dolls in Bukchon Hanok Village!!

Dakpaper is Korean traditional paper made from Korean Mulberry trees named Dak-namu (namu means tree.) Since the texture of the dakpaper is soft yet strong, people have used the paper to make handicrafts. One of them is dakpaper doll. Dakpaper dolls usually give a warm feeling due to its texture. Jaebin H went to Cho Kyung-Wha workshop and made a pretty doll out of dakpaper. Let’s hear how much she enjoyed this activity!

Cho Kyung-wha Dakpaper Doll Workshop

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I had an experience of making paper art using Hanji, traditional Korean paper made from mulberry trees, at Cho Kyung-Wha Dakpaper Doll Workshop! To get there, you have to get off at Anguk station (Line 3) and go to exit 3.

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After you take exit 3, go straight. Very soon, you can see a corner.

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Turn left at the first corner. You have to go straight for a while until you see a school in front of you. Below are what you will see on your way to the place. The street was so lively with lovers, tourists, students, and businessmen. The street felt so unique because I could see both modern and traditional parts of Korea at the same time. In fact, it is a part of the Bukchon Hanok village. You can see some traditional Korean houses, Hanok. They were so beautiful that I stopped walking and took a bunch of pictures! There were also many good cafes, restaurants and shops selling souvenirs, so even though I had to walk for a while, I really enjoyed it.

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When you see this high school, turn right. Then walk up a hill.

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And soon, you will see these signs on your right side. Be careful not to miss these signs. You have to turn right at here again, and walk through the alley.

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Go straight and turn right again then you will see this place!!

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When I got there, a group of people were already in the middle of making the paper doll. So I had to wait a little until they were done. I looked around the place and took some pictures. The place was quite small, yet it was really beautiful.

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As I waited, my turn had come finally. Since I was there alone, the teacher gave me a one on one instruction. The instructor who was assumed to be Cho-kyung wha was really kind and friendly. When you go into the room to start making paper art, you can see some of her art works like these. They were really amazing! When I saw her works, I began to wonder what’s inside of those art works, so I asked her.

Her answer was astonishing. There’s only tiny thin wire inside and she wrapped it with hundreds sheets of paper (Hanji) over and over again which took her about 7 to 8 months. What’s more astonishing was that she didn’t use any scissors or box cutters, and every art work was done only by tearing paper. I liked the way she was proud of Hanji and her works.

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What I did was dressing up a female doll in Hanbok (Tradition Korean clothes.) Before you start, you have to choose the color of the clothes. The color of the skirt is all the same (red), and what you have to choose is the color of the jacket. I chose the yellow one!

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This is the flour paste she made by herself. She said that it’s very eco-friendly.

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This red paper here will be the skirt. You have to put it down on a white board and glue the edges of the paper with a brush. Then you have to dress up the doll with the skirt. You have to paste the skirt while folding it little by little to express the creases of the skirt.

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After this, you have to fold the paper of the color you choose for the jacket. She told me very kindly how to fold the paper and where to tear it. As I already mentioned above, you have to do it without scissors. Hanji was stronger than I thought, so you may need to use some strength to tear it. After that, you have to do some detail works, such as pasting a collar, tie, hair, hairband and sleeves.

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You can choose the way you glue the hair, either on the back of the doll’s head or little bit more to the side so that you can see from the front as well. I chose the latter one. Lastly, you have to paste a flower accessory on the hairband. You can place it wherever you want as long as it is on the band.

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When you finish everything, she will give you time to take pictures with the doll you completed. There are some of her other works outside the room as well. I placed mine on the front and took a picture.

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When you tell her that you are done, she will put your doll in a box like this, and you can carry it home safely.

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I had so much fun through this paper art experience!!!! You can truly find out how beautiful Korean traditional paper “Hanji” is. When you do all the works only by tearing and not using scissors, the doll will look so real and natural.

Especially pay attention to the hair part if you have a chance. It looked so real that I was very impressed!!! I think it would be also very nice to give this doll as a present to someone important to you with a letter written on the box. I’m very sure the person will be very touched.

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Make a one-of-a-kind handkerchief by natural dyeing

Natural dyeing is one of the oldest Korean traditions that harmoniously blend nature into daily lives. Using ingredients like persimmon or anil (a plant used to make an indigo color), people have produced fabrics in many different delicate colors. Even though most of dyeing process has been replaced by factories’ machines using artificial chemicals, a number of people have passed down the traditional way of dyeing.

Jaebin H, one of our Trazy users, succeeded in dyeing a handkerchief with a beautiful color. Why don’t we follow her footsteps of the handkerchief dyeing?

I had this handkerchief natural dyeing experience at a place called Haneul Mulbit Workshop. The class starts at 11am, 2pm, 4pm every day, and I attended the one at 11am. You can get to this place both from Anguk station and Jonno3-ga station. I think Anguk station is maybe little bit closer to get there, but in my case I went from Jongno3-ga station.

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When I got off at Jongno3-ga station, I headed for the exit 6. After I got out of the exit 6, I had to turn back and go straight down the street until I reached the first corner to turn left.

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Go straight for a while until you see this convenience store named GS25. When you reach that spot, look at your right side. Cross the street, and go into the alley in front of you.

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This is the place!!!! When you walk down the stairs, you will find yourself in a place like this.

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A staff will explain this natural dyeing by showing a book. The contents of the book are written in the frames as well.

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When he finishes giving you the explanation, he will give you an instruction of how to dye a handkerchief. You will be given a white cotton cloth with rubber bands, and you can freely make patterns.

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When you finish this process, you can start dyeing the cotton cloth finally. You should put these rubber gloves on your hands first, and put the cloth in the bucket full of dye.

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When you take the cloth out of the bucket, you should make sure that the cloth is exposed to air sufficiently until it turns into blue from green. You have to repeat this a few more times.

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When you are done, take off or cut off the rubber bands, and spread the cloth.  The staff will put your handkerchief in a plastic bag, which is the end of the experience.

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But there are several more steps you have to go through after you bring it home. First, you have to dry it for two days. Second, you should put it in boiled water (or very hot water) and stir it. Third, you should put it in water with neutral detergent and stir it. When you finish rinsing it with water as a final step, now you can have your one-and-only handkerchief.IMG_4834This dyeing method is designated as one of Korea’s intangible cultural assets. I was really impressed by the fact that we could get such a beautiful color from natural resources. I heard it’s good for your skin if you wear naturally dyed clothes. I really enjoyed this experience of discovering the beauty of natural dye.

I’m so happy to have the one-of-a-kind handkerchief for myself!

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