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