I was really excited to see Seoul but I did not take too many photos.That was because the temperature was -2 degrees on the weekend of my visit and of course, my hands were in thick gloves that made it cumbersome to use the camera. Being from a tropical country, I welcomed the cold weather though! It was surprisingly bearable, not the biting kind…it helps to be all dressed up for it 🙂
So what to do when stuck in chilly Seoul in February? Head indoors, of course. Chill in the countless coffeeshops that dot the city or visit unique attractions that doesn’t require one to complain about the crappy cold.
I loved the Myeongdong shopping area and in between, some friends and I managed to watchthe ever-popular Nanta show. No photos are allowed to be taken while the performance is going on, so I just took a pic of the busy scene at the lobby.
Nanta reminds me of slapstick comedy and it was nice to have an idea of the Korean sense of humor. It features young actors etching out the role of three cooks who have to prepare food within a set time limit. Along the way, they perform using chopping boards, ladles and even knives. Most of it is non-verbal but funny, and some parts require audience participation. Ticket price is 50,000 won per person or 2 thousand pesos.
If Nanta was funny, the Trickeye Museum was fun, fun, fun.It showcases Trompe-l’oeil art housed in a basement gallery in the university town of Hongdae. Trompe-l’oeil is a kind of technique (French in origin) that projects a 2D object (e.g. a painting) as 3D. The artworks are done by young Korean artists so most of it are cool and playful 🙂
Shopping galore for Louis Vuitton Made in Korea. LOL.
… and then a short stopover in Egypt 🙂
The whole idea is to fit yourself into the picture.The gallery is very user-friendly since they make an intro about what the exhibit is and give out photo tips (with actual image).
Give yourself at least three hours to explore the Trickeye Museum. If you’re a selfie-addict, there are way too many photo opportunities to fill your Facebook and Instagram feeds.
The 15,000 won ticket (approximately 600 pesos only) also gives one entrance to the adjoining Ice Museum. It was already cold outside but being here was like being inside a freezer on full-blast. Brrr!
Myeongdong NANTA Theatre
Unesco Building 3F, 50-14, Myeong Dong 2 Ga, Jung Gu, Seoul
Operating hours: Monday to Friday, Sunday & Holidays – 5pm, 8pm
Saturdays – 2pm, 5 pm, 8pm
357-1, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul Seogyo Plaza B2
Opening hours: 9am to 9pm
How to go here:
Take Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 9.
Go straight 150m, cross the road, and turn left onto Hongik-ro Street.
Go straight 120m, and turn right down the second side street (in between TonyMoly and Holika Holika).
Continue going 100m to arrive at Trickeye Museum on the right.
Directions via this site: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1324865