Trick Eye Museum and Ice Museum

I’d heard so much about the Trick Eye Museum, and I really wanted to go… But taking all 3 kids on the subway by myself, especially when it involves several transfers seemed like such a daunting task. So with friends visiting from the States and my husband taking a day off from work, it the perfect time to venture out. Especially since I could make the husband drive!

It was a rather difficult drive. We approached the street from the wrong direction and couldn’t make a left turn, so we had to drive down about .5 mile, which took nearly 10 minutes in Hongdae, make a U-turn, then come back up the street in order to turn right. The street we turned onto was VERY narrow, and my Toyota Sienna (AKA The Swagger Wagon) had some trouble getting to the museum. Thankfully, I was not the one driving!

The Trick Eye Museum does have a parking lot, which is around the backside of the building. I can’t remember exactly how much it was, but I believe we paid 6,000KRW to park while we were there (this included having lunch after going to both the Trick Eye Museum and the Ice Museum).

Although we went on a Friday morning, the museum was PACKED. There were so many people that we had difficulty taking pictures. Trying to keep an eye on my kids was pretty hectic too, especially since there are so many platforms and steps and apparatuses to climb up on in order to take pictures. I’d turn around and find my 23 month old daughter 4 feet off the ground!

Despite the crowd, we got in some great photos, although I felt that for a museum that’s based on picture-taking, the lighting could have been better.

My friends and I had a lot of fun taking ridiculous photos, but the kids were not as entertained. Thankfully, purchasing a ticket to the Trick Eye Museum also gets you admission to the Ice Museum, which the kids though was “super cool!” The Ice Museum is just what you’d think it is. Everything in it is made of ice. And it’s COLD in there. Really cold. But there’s an ice slide, and that pretty much makes everything okay.

After the museums, we went to lunch at a meat buffet just across from the museum. It was only 12,000KRW/person and the kids were 7,000KRW for an all-you-can-eat buffet. You get your meat and grill at the table. That’s a really great price for one of these meat buffets, especially for a family of carnivorous piggies! I can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but if you come out the doors of the Trick Eye Museum building (there are doors on either sides of the building), just walk toward the Y-intersection. It’s catty-cornered (diagonally across) from the Trick Eye Museum.

Another thing to keep in mind if you’re planning a trip to the Trick Eye Museum. Before entering the museum, store your things in the lockers available in the elevator and bathroom lobbies. Otherwise, you’ll be carrying all your things and looking for places to put your bags, coats, hats, umbrellas, etc. down before posing for a picture!

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