This is my final post from my previous long weekend‘s worth of adventures in Seoul (see my photos from around town here, my photo booth glamourousness here, my horror over the busyness of Seoul here, and my reviews of TAG Guesthouse and Travel Maker breakfasts here and here).
Though it might be the final post, I assure you it certainly is worth waiting for. Herein lies the reason my camera died – because we were taking so many pictures in these museums which were essentially crafted for shameless portraiture.
I don’t even like having my picture taken, and there I was asking Ricky every other second to, “Oohh take my photo here!! And over there!” What’s more is he was doing the same.
But I get ahead of myself. What even are these museums in the first place?
Well first we went to the Love museum – a place of debauchery, lewd sculptures, and cheeky “your-face-here” board cutouts for even cheekier posing. I was surprised just how far some of the art went seeing as the conservatism in Korea is somewhat infamous. And yet there it was – dicks and vajays and big titties e’rwhere.
Anyway I could go on about it in words, but I know what you really want is to see the photos.
So, Part 1: the Love museum.
You see what I mean about the incredibly non-conservativeness about this place? When you buy your tickets, they give you masks in the shape of glasses to wear, which I assume were courtesy if you wanted to take pictures but not have people recognize you outside, but no one was wearing them.
Nope, everyone was there having a good time riding the dick sculptures and pointing at all the sexy goings on around them – us included.
All too soon, however, we reached the climax of the museum (hehe I did a pun), and we went on to the next part of our visual journey: the Trick Eye Museum.
The purpose of this one is that all the paintings have been done as optical illusions so that if you stand in a certain place, it looks 3-D. If you rotate some of the images, you also end up looking like you’re hanging off the rafters of a house or clinging for dear life from a stop sign or floating in zero gravity in a space ship.
This one was a lot of fun, but was exceedingly crowded – perhaps even more than the Love Museum. It meant that we weren’t able to take all the pictures we wanted…but that’s probably for the best or you’d never get through looking at this post.
So onwards to Part 2: The Trick Eye Museum.
There were a ton more pictures I wish we could have taken, but that weekend in Seoul was madder than I’ve ever seen it and neither of us really wanted to wait in line for every shot. We settled for the above (which to be honest, I think we’re quite happy with).
Last up was the Ice Museum. Unlike the other two, this one was a lot smaller (and therefore much more cramped) and absolutely freezing. You’d expect the latter for a place wherein ice sculptures are kept, but seeing as we were dressed for the humid 27 degree Celcius weather outside, we could barely spend five minutes in there without getting hypothermia.
It was also difficult to get any photos due to the crowds, but take my word for it there was a gorgeous igloo, a delicate crystal carriage you could pose in, and a genuine ice slide you could luge down with a cloth mat.
Part 3: The Ice Museum.
Alas, as cool as it was (hah! I did another pun!), our breath was clouding out in front of us and we were both getting the chills. Since my camera was already dead, and Ricky’s phone battery was getting low, we called it a day and headed out.
Honestly, this was one of the best things we did while we were in Seoul this time around, and although I’ve passed it by many times in Hongdae, I’m glad I finally went in to experience it.
This is definitely something you need to do with friends (who else would take your picture?) and is a good idea if you want to spend a few hours indoors to break up your shopping in the area.
Going fairly early in the day is your best bet since it’s when it’ll be less crowded. We noticed as we were leaving that it was even more sardined than when we were there. For reference, it’s open 9am-9pm, so you have plenty of time to work it into your schedule. It took us about 2 hours to get through all three, and that was with taking breaks between to sit and chill in the food court.
It’s a little on the pricey side – the Love Museum is W8, 000 per person and the Trick Eye/Ice Museum combo is W15, 000 – but if you go to the Love Museum first and show your receipt to the ticket takers at the Trick Eye down below, you can get a slight discount.
I’d definitely recommend going. I had a lot of fun and it’s a barrel of laughs.