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.
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.
Oh 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.
You must be joking. Look at the queue. It didn’t help the morning sun was happily shining in, making it really hot.
I made use of the queuing time to read the photo-taking tips at the back of my admission ticket.After 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.
Am I so heavy you need to cry to pull me up? *insulted*
It’s a…big pot belly! Ancient people sure have a different perspective of art.
No pants! Ewwww!Come 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.
Hi there! Isn’t it a lovely day? :)
Can we share a brolly, Sir?Pssst, I have a secret to tell you…Being part of a painting was funPeekaboo!
I dun want smelly tea!
Some exhibits needed two people to participate
Now I know what it means to be on the chopping board.
Through optical illusion, I can become a giant in a room!Stepping into Safari Kingdom
Quick get me outta here!
Being the proud elephant trainerWeee…I am diving into the sea!
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.
No I didn’t become Spiderman, this photo was merely rotated 180 degreesTaking picture is big business. You need 3 people to pose, and another 3 people to take the shot.Getting out of the fish’s mouth
I’m too full of cholesterol, it’s for your own good to spit me out!The 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.I found a friend, hi there!Making 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.
I’m an acrobat!
It has to be a 10/10!
People sleep-walk, I simply float.Balancing act.Actually, 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.Some of the visitors were quite fun to watch, heh.Being a baby again.
Trying to act cute. I didn’t need to try too hard lol.
I wonder what it feels like to be sitting on the moon, viewing Earth below. It must be a wonderful feeling.
Quick kiss me, I may turn into a beautiful Princess!Angel on Wings.
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.
Oops, wrong direction :p
Riding on a sleighWhat 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.
Dun let goooo!Hugging my swanThis horse-racing exhibit was specially created with Singapore in mind. Hmmm, I wasn’t aware we were that avid gamblers to be remembered by.
I’ve always wanted to ride a Merlion!
Being a ballerina
I think I am a natural talent lol.
They say art looks better when viewed upside-down!
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
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.
Source: Trickeye Museum website