Seoul, Busan & Jeju Island
This unique art museum in Seoul allows camera toting visitors to be part of the art. The museum’s 2D pictures are drawn using optical illusion techniques that seemingly pop out into the 3D world. But the “trick” part of this popular Seoul museum’s name comes from the fact that visitors can also be part of the drawings when perfectly positioned and framed in a picture, all guided by super simple instructions. And even if you’re not the next photographer of the year, any old boob with a camera phone can make pictures come to life by following the “stand here and take picture instructions.” Go with friends or family to better enjoy the wacky and fun pictures. Also, there’s an Ice Museum included in the price of admission.
Address: Seoul, Mapo-gu, Hongik-ro 3-gil 20 | 서울특별시 마포구 홍익로3길 20 (Click for Google Map)
How to get there: Hongik University Station (Line 2, Airport Express Line)
Admission: 9AM to 9PM (Last entry 8PM)
Operating Hours: Adults – 15,000 won | Under 18 – 12,000 won
Official Website: http://trickeye.com/
Another one of Korea’s unique museums is Toto’s Nostalgia Museum. This Seoul museum displays toys, appliances and electronics, magazines and other rare objects from eras past, allowing visitors to relive what was hot in Korean pop culture in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s. This museum is an interesting and unique find, especially for Brooklyn hipsters with a penchant for kitschy Asian things. It’s also located in one of Seoul’s most tourist friendly districts, Insadong, and so it’s an easy stop over for tourists in the area who want a quick look around.
Address: Seoul, Jongno-gu Gwanhun-dong 169-2 | 서울 종로구 관훈동 169-2 (Click here for Google Maps)
Closest Subway Station: Anguk Station (Line 3)
Admission: 1,000 won
Operating Hours: 10AM to 8PM Weekdays | 10AM to 9PM Weekends
Some of the greatest ideas of modern man have been conceived while on the king of thrones, and there’s even a myth that King Sejong the Great envisioned the Korean writing system, hangul, while pinching a loaf. Another great man, Sim Jae-deok, former mayor of Suwon and founder of the World Toilet Association, had his own great epiphany. Tasked with cleaning up Suwon’s toilets for the 2002 World Cup and bringing hygiene and happiness to our johns, Sim Jae-deok was a man obsessed with toilets — enough so that he built and lived in his own toilet shaped house. Upon his death, this house of poo was turned into a museum and park where school children can now squat, giggle and poo all on a field trip. Sounde like fun doesn’t it? 🙂
Address: Gyeonggi-do, Suwon, Jangan-gu, Jangan-ro Imok-dong 186-3 | 수원시 장안구 장안로 이목동 186-3 (Click for Google Map)
How to get there: From Seongkyunkwan University Station (Suwon Line 1), Take bus 5, 36, 63, 64, 65, 92, 98, 99, 310, 410-1, 990
Admission: Free Admission
Operating Hours: 10AM to 6PM (Closes 5PM from November to February)
Official Website: http://www.haewoojae.com/
Korea’s number one domestic honeymoon hotspot is Jeju Island. And back in the day newly wed Koreans would go to their hotels, light a few candles, turn on some sexy music, and probably have no idea what to do. For the betterment of procreation in South Korea, Jeju Island came to be a place where many couples got their sex education. And this sex museum & park in Korea became a natural and more interactive extension. But rather than being designed to educate the masses on the art of boom boom, Jeju island’s Love Land is simply a fun and unique park for couples to take pictures of themselves riding phallic objects and worshiping female genitalia. Of course, adult entry only.
Address: Jeju-do, Jeju-si, Yeon-dong 680-26 | 제주도 제주시 연동 680-26 (Click for Google Map)
Admission: 9,000 won (Ages 18+)
Operating Hours: 9AM to Midnight (Last ticket sold at 11PM)
Official Website: http://www.jejuloveland.com/eng.html