Optical Illusions at the Trick Eye Museum

If you love tripping people out, grab your camera and have a blast snapping funny pictures at the Trick Eye Museum in Seoul. 

Located in the trendy Hongdae district, the exhibit housed a vast array of 2D paintings which cover the walls, floors and ceilings. Visitors are welcome to wander the halls, touch everything they see and let their imaginations come to life.

Short for "trick of the eye", trick eye refers to a cool art technique that transforms 2D paintings into 3D images through the use of optical illusions. If you stand in a certain position within the paintings, it'll look like you're part of the art!

I thought the novelty would wear off quickly, but who am I kidding? I love being a goof and doing silly things like this! I ran from wall to wall, striking ridiculous poses and facial expressions at each picture. I forced Marc into it too but I secretly knew he enjoyed every minute of it.

The trick eye technique is not a new concept. In fact, it was used by ancient Greeks and Romans. Historic cities such as Pompeii were discovered to have painted murals depicting doors, windows and corridors which created an illusion that the room was larger than it really was.

In 14th century Europe, the discovery of perspective led to more intricate visual manipulations in paintings and architecture.

I couldn't resist being a naughty girl here!

For the best photos, make sure to turn off your flash and take the picture from a distance. If you're in the photo, stand at the marked spots; this ensures you're positioned at the right angle for the illusion to work.

Trick Eye Museums are extremely popular with locals and tourists. I can see why! It's a ton of fun, out of the ordinary and you'll walk out with photos you'll still giggle at twenty years from now.

The first Trick Eye Museum opened in South Korea in 2010 and was an instant success. Since then, the company has launched several more galleries in China, Singapore and Japan. Click here for a full list of locations.


I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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