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Astounding Augmented Reality at Seoul’s Trickeye Museum

Wanna dodge sharks, climb bamboo trees with panda bears, and levitate above chairs? Well, it’s all possible at Seoul’s Trickeye Museum.

Even better? The centuries old trompe l’oeil art technique, that’s used to “deceive the eye,” has been updated with something funky and futuristic – augmented reality that REALLY puts you directly into all the optical illusion paintings at the museum!

I’d previously visited another one of the city’s trick art museums (and had a ton of silly fun), but when we were invited to the Trickeye Museum in Hongdae to check out its summer exhibition – North Pole Expedition, along with its updated augmented reality, it was an invite I couldn’t refuse.

It seems like Augmented Reality (AR) has kind of taken over the city in recent months, with it being added to amusement park rides, video games, and even historical sites, but I’d yet to experience it myself. And I admit I was pretty darn curious about this particular element of the Trickeye Museum.

Fortunately, it turned out to be as entertaining as I’d hoped it would be. Not every painting has been updated with AR, but the ones that have, are super creative and tons of fun. There’s sword-fighting skeletons, crackling crystal balls, attacking sharks, bamboo climbing panda bears, and much, much more.

Their new summer exhibition – North Pole Expedition – is designed to mentally cool you off during these super hot and humid months in the city, by letting you interact with polar bears, penguins and orcas on a huge iceberg. It’s the largest scale artwork in the whole museum and definitely worth checking out.

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So how does Augmented Reality work?
This was my number one question before we visited the museum. Would we have to wander around the museum wearing huge goggles? Be tied to a computer? I just couldn’t figure it out, but it turned out to be surprisingly easy, from a user point of view.

You download the free Trickeye app onto your phone, point it at a painting and watch it come to life. It’s as simple as that. Within the app, you can choose to take a picture or video of what you see, and it automatically saves to your photo library, for posting on whatever social media you deem fit.

Tips for Visiting
1. Download the Trickeye app BEFORE you visit the museum. They have free wifi there, but we had a lot of trouble staying connected so we ended up downloading the app with our pocket wifi, and even that was pretty slow (probably due to the basement location). Even better, you can get an immediate 3,000KRW discount on the 18,000KRW adult admission by downloading the app.

2. I didn’t realize this until I got into a quiet space and watched the videos I’d taken at the museum, but there’s music built into some of the AR that really adds a lot to the optical illusion! Make sure you’re in the right spot to capture both the music and picture.

3. If you’re lucky enough to visit without a constantly moving toddler, take the time to choreograph each scene, which means watching the AR first, figuring out where to place yourself, and how to time your actions. It takes some effort, but it’s absolutely worth it for the end result.

4. Make sure your battery is fully charged before visiting the museum, or bring a charger. The app drained my battery incredibly quickly, and you want to be sure not to run out of juice exactly when you need it most.

5. The quietest times to visit the museum are in the morning before 11AM, or in the evening after 5PM. And yes, quieter is better. There’s less risk of other people’s body parts getting into your super realistic 3D AR shot!

How to Get There
The Trickeye Museum is located in Hongdae on the B2 level of Seogyo Plaza. The closest subway station is Hongik University (Hongdae) Station on Line 2.

Detailed directions for how to get there via bus, subway or car can be found on their website.

*We were guests of the Trickeye Museum, but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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  1. I’ve seen so much about Trickeye Museums but just can’t seem to get into the hype. Just doesn’t fascinste me. But that said, looks like you and Naia had so much fun posing – like one giant playground and you can actually be a part of it all 😁 It looks quite easy – just stand and pose for a bit and it looks like you are doing something out of the ordinary 😁

    July 13, 2017
    • I was kind of the same as you…I thought the pics were cool when I saw them, but couldn’t get too excited about it. But then a friend visited from Hong Kong and wanted to go, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. Haha, it was definitely challenging with Naia…she’s just a little bit too young for it. She can’t stand still!!! 🙂

      July 14, 2017
  2. Wow I’d love to visit a museum like that! Something unusual and interesting. I’ve only been to Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in Copenhagen, when it comes to unusual museums and I loved it! Looks like your family had so much fun. If I ever go to Seoul, I am going to keep this in mind 🙂

    July 13, 2017
    • They’re a lot of fun and definitely a must-do if you ever visit Seoul. The new AR just adds a whole other level of interest to the experience. If you’re ever in Istanbul though, another one of the 3D museum chains from here, the Alive Museum, has a location there! 🙂

      July 14, 2017
  3. Haha that looks like a lot of fun! Wonder how Nathan would enjoy it there, shame that we have nothing the like anywhere nearby

    July 14, 2017
    • Nathan is probably the perfect age to enjoy this kind of thing. Naia was just a little bit too young to understand and stand still. I think the closest to you is in Istanbul, so if you ever find yourselves there. Or maybe on one of your asia visits…there’s one in Hong Kong, Singapore and maybe even in mainland China somewhere… 🙂

      July 14, 2017
  4. what an interesting and original idea for a museum! looks worth a visit!

    July 14, 2017
    • It really is! And worth at least 1 visit and maybe more since they’re constantly updating the artwork and adding things like AR.

      July 15, 2017
  5. Your Instagram posts with Agri fighting off sharks and serpents (and, of course, dancing in a tutu) all cracked me up! Historically, I would not have been at all interested in seeing this kind of thing, but your photos were so much fun I might consider it now. (I’ll go to an AR museum; you can go to AR(kansas), the state! Haha)

    July 15, 2017
    • Hahaha you got yourself a deal. 😉 Agri is a natural in his tutu isn’t he? 😂😂😂 Yeah I never thought it’d be my thing either but it turned out to be a lot of fun. Would be great with kids just a little bit older…

      July 15, 2017
  6. This is so cool! I’d definitely visit if I visit Seoul.

    July 16, 2017
    • It’s worth a visit if you ever come to Seoul for sure. Unique and fun, and of course, great pics to share too! 🙂

      July 16, 2017
  7. travelingchristie #

    This is crazy, I would love to visit and the boys would just love it, it looks so mad and the photos are incredible so believable, thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes x

    July 19, 2017
    • It’s even better live, when you can see all the walls and floors coming to life using the AR app. And definitely the perfect activity for kids who’re a little older than my little one is (she’s 21 months). There’s only 1 location on that side of the world – in Istanbul! 🙂

      July 19, 2017
  8. It looks like it could be a lot of fun for photography buffs, especially those who like selfies!

    August 20, 2017
    • It’s truly a place for people who like taking pics…but actually impossible to do alone. You def need a partner in crime! 😁

      August 23, 2017

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