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Trompe-l’oeil fun at Trick Eye Museum Singapore

Trickeye Museum Singapore

Trick Eye Museum recently opened its first outlet outside Korea in Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa. The museum houses 80 exhibits grouped into six themed zones including the World of Masterpieces, Safari Kingdom, Stars of Circus, Dreams of Fairytale, Love in Winter, and Adventure Discovery. Popular exhibits from the Korean museums such as Angel’s Wings, Moon Over The Sky and Human Cannonball will be on display here too, and some of them such as Merlion Boat and Horse Racing were specially created for Singapore.

The museum facing the waterfront is located near to the Malaysian Street Food/Aston’s Restaurant, and is the main attraction on The Korean Strip, a mini-Korean themed 100-metre stretch slated to open in the third quarter of 2014. Insadong Korea Town will feature a Korean market-place concept offering a variety of authentic Korean F&B specialties, street food and hand-made Korean accessories and cosmetics.

Trickeye Museum Singapore

Trick Eye Museum’s Origins
Trick Eye Museum first opened in Korea’s Hongdae, Seoul in December 2010, and its popularity has seen it grow into three museums in Seoul, Jeju and Busan in a short span of three years. I guess its popularity is due to its interactive nature, allowing the visitor to interpret and express an exhibit with their own imagination. Trust me, I could spend 3 hours just sitting there, watching the visitors pose with the exhibits. It’s way more entertaining than a movie.

What is Trick Eye?
The name Trick Eye is short for ‘Trick of the eye’, referring to a visual art technique that tricks the eye by creating an optical illusion, and turns two-dimensional images into three-dimensional images that seems to ‘pop out’ and come to life. Also called Trompe l’oeil by the French, its history dates back to ancient Greece and Rome.


Trickeye Museum SingaporeOh my gawd. My eyes are playing tricks on me even before getting into the museum itself. The museum had a half-price opening promotion, hence the horrendous queue.Trickeye Museum Singapore
You must be joking. Look at the queue. It didn’t help the morning sun was happily shining in, making it really hot.Trickeye Museum Singapore
I made use of the queuing time to read the photo-taking tips at the back of my admission ticket.Trickeye Museum SingaporeAfter 3 hours of waiting, we FINALLY got into the museum. We felt a bit lost with the throngs of people, but it wasn’t long before the excitement got to us. Trickeye Museum Singapore
Am I so heavy you need to cry to pull me up? *insulted*Trickeye Museum Singapore
It’s a…big pot belly! Ancient people sure have a different perspective of art.Trickeye Museum Singapore
No pants! Ewwww!Trickeye Museum SingaporeCome on baby, kiss kiss.
Ladies, do come in pants/shorts instead of skirts/dresses since you will need to climb to get onto some of the exhibits. We definitely don’t want to see ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ along the way.Trickeye Museum Singapore
Hi there! Isn’t it a lovely day? :)Trickeye Museum Singapore
Can we share a brolly, Sir?Trickeye Museum SingaporePssst, I have a secret to tell you…Trickeye Museum SingaporeBeing part of a painting was funTrickeye Museum SingaporePeekaboo!
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I dun want smelly tea!Trickeye Museum Singapore
It’s magic!Trickeye Museum Singapore
Some exhibits needed two people to participateTrickeye Museum Singapore
Now I know what it means to be on the chopping board.Trickeye Museum Singapore
Through optical illusion, I can become a giant in a room!Trickeye Museum SingaporeStepping into Safari KingdomTrickeye Museum Singapore
Quick get me outta here!Trickeye Museum Singapore
Being the proud elephant trainerTrickeye Museum SingaporeWeee…I am diving into the sea!Trickeye Museum Singapore
This is how the exhibits looks like, so you need some imagination to strike your pose and the rotate your photo 90 degrees to see the effect.Trickeye Museum Singapore
No I didn’t become Spiderman, this photo was merely rotated 180 degreesTrickeye Museum SingaporeTaking picture is big business. You need 3 people to pose, and another 3 people to take the shot.Trickeye Museum SingaporeGetting out of the fish’s mouth
I’m too full of cholesterol, it’s for your own good to spit me out!Trickeye Museum SingaporeThe museum is quite a fun place to go with a group of friends. You can really bond over silly photos, and get to keep good memories of your outing.Trickeye Museum SingaporeI found a friend, hi there!Trickeye Museum SingaporeMaking it to the Stars of Circus section
One thing I didn’t like about the place is that the exhibits were a bit too closely spaced together, and recommended photo-taking spots tend to overlap. So every step you take, you may get into the photo of another.
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I’m an acrobat!
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It has to be a 10/10!Trickeye Museum Singapore
People sleep-walk, I simply float.Trickeye Museum SingaporeBalancing act.Trickeye Museum SingaporeActually, you are suppoused to grab the pole and pretend to be hanging over the hot lava. Due to my ‘height disadvantage’, I chose to stand by the side instead.Trickeye Museum SingaporeSome of the visitors were quite fun to watch, heh.Trickeye Museum SingaporeBeing a baby again.
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Trying to act cute. I didn’t need to try too hard lol.Trickeye Museum Singapore
I wonder what it feels like to be sitting on the moon, viewing Earth below. It must be a wonderful feeling.  Trickeye Museum Singapore
Quick kiss me, I may turn into a beautiful Princess!Trickeye Museum SingaporeAngel on Wings.Trickeye Museum Singapore
I’m not sure who this Korean dude is, but it was sure hard trying to get into his embrace. The aunty before me knocked her head while trying to get into the tight space.Trickeye Museum Singapore
Oops, wrong direction :pTrickeye Museum Singapore
Riding on a sleighTrickeye Museum SingaporeWhat a sweet moment :)
Little tip: Do bring a wide-angle lens if you have one as some of the exhibits are rather huge. Otherwise, your smartphone’s Panorama function would come in useful too.Trickeye Museum Singapore
Dun let goooo!Trickeye Museum SingaporeHugging my swanTrickeye Museum SingaporeThis horse-racing exhibit was specially created with Singapore in mind. Hmmm, I wasn’t aware we were that avid gamblers to be remembered by.Trickeye Museum Singapore
I’ve always wanted to ride a Merlion!Trickeye Museum Singapore
Being a ballerinaTrickeye Museum Singapore
I think I am a natural talent lol.Trickeye Museum Singapore
They say art looks better when viewed upside-down!Trickeye Museum Singapore
Enjoying a moment with the fishes before saying goodbye
We spent about 3 hours in the museum. That’s assuming you wanted to take a photo at almost every exhibit and queuing for your turn. On the whole, we had an enjoyable time at the museum. I guess crowd management will get better after the opening craze dies down. The museum is a nice place to spend the day with friends and family as part of an outing at Sentosa. I will be back to check out The Korean Strip when it opens later in 2014.

Trick Eye Museum Singapore
Address: Waterfront @ Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138
Tel : +65 6795 2370 / 2371
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00AM – 9:00PM
Website: http://trickeye.com/singapore/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrickEyeSingapore
Email: Trickeye_sg@trickeye.com
Admission Prices: Adult $25; Child (4-12) & Senior (> 60) $20
Tickets can be bought online http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/trickeye2014 or on-site
Entry fee to Sentosa applies. $1 via Sentosa Boardwalk (very near the museum; free during weekends & PHs); $4 via Sentosa Express rail; Gantry fee of $2-7 depending on time via car/taxi; $29 via Cable Car.
http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/getting-to-around-sentosa/getting-to-sentosa/

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Penang – Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…why is my reflection most hideous of all?!
Having fun with trickeye photography at Made in Penang Interactive Museum

On our recent trip to Penang, Darren & I checked out one of Penang’s latest attractions, Made in Penang Interactive Museum. Now visitors to Penang can have an additional place, other than its renown street art, to pose for while learning a bit about the city’s history.

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The museum is within the vicinity of the Clan Jetties further up from the Weld Quay Bus Terminal, you can plan to visit these two attractions in a day. You will pass by an open-air car park beside this clock tower as you walk along the road coming from the clan jetties – continue walking straight up and you will reach the museum in about 10 minutes.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

The experience starts right away at the entrance
Along the passageway as you walk in, you will see Malaysia’s longest 3D wall mural (25 metres) depicting Georgetown’s waterfront during the 20th century.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Pretending to be a COOLie

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

“Why you no give this month’s allowance?”
Helping out a squabble aka kaypoh-ing

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Even the cafe is made to look retro

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Entrance fees are divided it into three categories:
– Tourists (non-MyCard holder): RM30
– Malaysian (Adult): RM15
– Malaysian (Kid/ Student): RM10
You get a souvenir pin badge as part of the admission, and I like it that they designed the ticket stub, which is usually thrown away, as a bookmark. There’s another purpose for the ticket too – you will need it for an interesting activity at the last stop of your visit.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

The museum showcases three-dimensional interactive art over two levels depicting Penang’s iconic landmarks as well as famous historic figures. The ground floor houses a Diorama Gallery while the first floor houses the Penang 3D Gallery (trickeye photography).

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Diorama Gallery
The Diorama Gallery showcases seven scenes of life in Penang in miniatures sculptured by Khoo Chooi Hooi.
Left: Durian seller; Right: Nasi Lemak (coconut rice wrapped in banana leaf) seller

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

The biggest diorama – a panoramic view of Georgetown’s waterfront during the early 20th century
The white Behn Meyer building in the background is also the building which now houses the museum.

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A cool squat

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Bullock carts were the main form of transport back in those days

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AND the cam-whoring begins…DING, DING! :D

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Main highlight of the museum – Penang 3D Gallery
Be prepared to go shutter-happy on the first floor with 30 3D murals featuring various icons of Penang as well as famous personalities such as P. Ramlee (icon of Malaya entertainment) and Sun Yat-Sen (Father of the Nation in the Republic of China).

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Forget about being shy – think of the most creative pose you can have with the murals!
The murals utilise varying contours, forced perspectives and simple props to create a real-life mind trickery – on photographs. It’s quite interesting observing the other visitors too – even the auntys can surprise you with their imaginative poses ;)

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

For the less adventurous, check out the suggested poses on the signages. You can read up on the particular scene/personality featured as well.

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And here’s my interpretation of the scene!

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Dino fight!

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This will be the closest I’ll ever get to Sun Yat-Sen

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I ain’t a ‘small person’, don’t hit me!
Villain hitting, or 打小人 (da siu yan) is a popular folk culture especially in Cantonese precincts. Basically, you hit the paper effigy of the person you want to curse with a red clog, and keep scolding them. It’s similar to Western voodoo, just much noiser and dramatic.
Elderly Cantonese aunties excel at the cursing, and made a profession out of it (think professional curser). Such practices are so integrated into their culture that it has been named ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ by the Hong Kong Home Affairs’ Bureau.

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Rat busting – 1910 bubonic plague in China
I really wonder why they chose to feature such a dark topic at a tourist attraction

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Oopsie!

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Queen Victoria Clock Tower Mural
The only floor mural, visitors lie on the floor to pose as if they were hanging precariously on the tower, with Spiderman on the way to the rescue. You have to take off your shoes, so it’s best if you don’t visit with shoes with a gazillion laces or straps. We were expecting more of such adventurous murals.

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Getting caught in the carnivorous plant of Penang Hill. Beware the carbs, poor plant.

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Slurping up a bowl of local street delicacy – prawn noodles

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Now’s the time to take out your ticket stub
Point the QR code printed on your ticket at this augmented reality kiosk to see a three-dimensional image of Penang’s tallest bulding Komtar or the Penang ferry. There is another interactive kiosk located at the end of the Diorama Gallery on the Ground Floor where you can see your face being painted with vivid Sichuan opera masks on screen.

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Ta da – Komtar building in my hand!

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

For those interested to learn more about Penang’s history, catch a video presentation at the mini theatre (available in English and Mandarin).

Overall, it was an enjoyable visit for both of us. Perhaps we were so excited about a new attraction in Penang, we expected a bit more from the exhibits. At RM30, it was one of the more pricey attractions about town. I believe the museum will improve over time as there were still a few areas under renovation when we visited.

If you have a sense of humor and like cam-whoring, do visit. Set aside 1-2 hours for the visit, and it’s best to go with a friend who can help you take photos and have fun together (there’s obliging staff around to help solo visitors too). If you shun the spotlight like vampires to sunlight, think you would be better off spending the money on another bowl of Penang laksa.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊
Address: No.3 Pengkalan Weld, 10300 George Town, Malaysia
Tel: +604 262 6119
Opening Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MadeInPenang

Read more about Penang
Penang – An Alternative Guide to George Town’s Street Art