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.
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The @trickeyemuseum 🤡 has been updated with all new Augmented Reality that you can use just by downloading a free app. 😁 It takes some time to do everything properly (getting the positioning and timing right for this scene took 5 tries), but if you go there sans 21 month old, I'm sure you'll have a much easier time than we did. #trickeyemuseum
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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