Busan Trick Eye Museum and Gwangalli Beach

Hours of laughs at the Trick Eye Museum are followed by bulgogi and a view of Gwangalli Beach at night. Waking the next morning to rain, we explore the bars near the beach and take advantage of a break in the storm to visit Gorilla Brewing Company.

Busan, South Korea
Busan, South Korea

Busan can be reached in three hours from Seoul by a KTX train. Outside of the train station is a view of Gamcheon Culture Village, a town of stacked, brightly colored houses, cafés, and shops winding along the mountain’s narrow streets and staircases.

Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan
Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan

Directions to the Trick Eye Museum from Gwangalli Beach: Take line two to Seomyeon, transfer to line one to Jagaichi Station, and walk to Nampo Plaza. 

Trick Eye Museum

Trick Eye Museum, Busan
Fantasy Water, Trick Eye Museum, Busan

The Trick Eye Museum, Busan’s optical illusion paradise where visitors step inside the 3D paintings is located on the ninth floor. There are seven stories to experience inside the museum: Amazing Adventure, Secret of Masterpieces, Fantasy Water, Joyful Life, Safari Exploration, Fantastic Trip, and Believe it or Not.

Trick Eye Museum, Busan
Fantasy Water Trick Eye Museum, Busan
Trick Eye Museum, Busan
Fantastic Trip (left) and Fantasy Water (right) Trick Eye Museum, Busan

In the Fantasy Water story, complete the paintings by riding on a dragon, cross a rickety wooden bridge over a treacherous whirlpool, stay afloat on a log at the base of a waterfall, ride a magical unicorn, and hide from a hungry seagull in a small glass bottle.

Trick Eye Museum, Busan
Fantastic Trip, Trick Eye Museum, Busan

Our favorite story, Fantastic Trip, climb up buildings with Spider-man, take a beach trip to Busan, fish with the natives, ski down a snow-covered mountain, walk the red carpet, and cause a bit of mischief.

Trick Eye Museum, Busan
Fantastic Trip, Trick Eye Museum, Busan
Trick Eye Museum, Busan
Fantastic Trip, Trick Eye Museum, Busan

Believe It or Not, take a relaxing gondola ride through Venice, salsa dance in Spain, escape from a Tyrannosaurus Rex, sit on the moon, survive a hurricane, and drive a horse-drawn carriage in the next story.

Busan, South Korea
Believe It or Not, Trick Eye Museum, Busan

Cross a river with help from angels, sit patiently as a self-portrait is painted, picnic and walk the cobblestone streets with the local towns people, and drink wine with a cherub in the story of Secret of Masterpieces.

Trick Eye Museum, Busan
Secret of Masterpieces, Trick Eye Museum, Busan

Participate in the Olympics in the story of a Joyful Life. Try out skating, excel at synchronized swimming, and hop on a bike with ET.

Trick Eye Museum, Busan
Joyful Life, Trick Eye Museum, Busan
Busan, South Korea
Joyful Life, Trick Eye Museum, Busan

Bathe in a male community bath, practice floating meditation, and enjoy a tea party on a giant dancer’s tutu in Amazing Adventure.

Trick Eye Museum, Busan
Amazing Adventure, Trick Eye Museum, Busan

Gwangalli Beach

After nearly two hours of laughs, we leave the museum to explore Nampodong Street. Tables of twelve dollar pairs of shoes, ten-dollar bags, cell phone cases, eighty cent socks, and local food line the sidewalks. Take the metro back to Seomyeon station to explore the underground shopping center. Resembling an indoor mall, it’s easy to forget we are inside a very popular metro station with more than one hundred and sixty people passing through the shopping hub each day.

Busan, South Korea
Cooking Bulgogi, Busan

Shopping up an appetite, we take the metro back to Gwgangalli beach for chicken bulgogi. A button is pushed on the table to get the waiter’s attention. Vegetables are added to the marinated chicken and cooked in a large pan on the table served with sides of rice and kimchi.

 

Gorilla Brewery, Busan
Gorilla Brewing Company, Busan

At Gorilla Brewing Company we order samples of a Dark Nut Brown, Gorilla IPA, Cherry Wheat, and Gorilla Stout from the modern concrete bar before finding a seat at a table overlooking the road. The staff speaks great English and is extremely knowledgeable.

Busan, South Korea
Fuzzy Navel, a Mexican restaurant, has a great cocktail list and views of Gwangalli Beach, Busan
Busan, South Korea
View from our Airbnb, Gwangalli Beach, Busan
Gwangalli Beach
Diamond Bridge, Gwangalli Beach, Busan

The Diamond Bridge, also known as Busan Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and the city lights of Gwangalli reflect off the ocean creating a breathtaking skyline. The suspension bridge stretching four and a half miles over the ocean has thousands of LED lights changing color with the seasons.


September 2017

 

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Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My fiancé, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over four years. Living and working full time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. Each adventure is packed with activities, tours, and experiences to maximize our time. As craft beer lovers, we always try to fit in a visit to a local brewery. 
In Tokyo, we laughed every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased Gingy off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own adorable gingerbread friend here! 
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