Review: Trick Eye Museum, Hong Kong

The Peak is a real tourist hub in Hong Kong. Not only are there lots of tourists there, but there is an agglomeration of shops and attractions squarely aimed at tourists.

One of the attractions is the Trick Eye Museum, an offshoot of an attraction in South Korea. In short, this place is selfie heaven and so well suited to Asian tastes. It’s a simple, old but still relevant idea: use backdrops of visual illusions to allow people to put themselves in the picture. So, there are painted walls and some three dimensional props which create a variety of dioramas into which visitors can place themselves and take photos.

The dioramas are loosely organised into five zones but the idea is the same throughout.

Here are some examples I took to give readers an idea, without putting myself in the frame:

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Here is an example from the Trick Eye team, showing what my last photo looks like when you step in. Notice how lifelike it looks, as well as the visual illusion of looking like actual skydiving because the diorama is painted upside down. That makes it easy to take good shots. In person some of the painted sets have multiple layers, but when I looked at my finished photographs I noticed that they tended to merge seamlessly, for a surprisingly realistic effect.

This attraction is all about photography so it’s somewhere to come with one or more people. The scale of some of the exhibits means that if you tried to take selfies you’d probably only manage to get some of the backdrop.

TrickEye is a simple idea, fairly well executed and a fun way to spend some time while you’re up on the Peak.

The exhibition isn’t huge but it does have a good variety of backdrops, including localised ones such as the HK skyline. At $150 per adult ticket at the door, it feels expensive for what it is, although I would say that during my visit most visitors were laughing and obviously enjoying themselves, while I am sure the resultant photos will be enjoyed for years to come.

Note that there are no toilets inside, which for a group with children could be frustrating. It’s also inconvenient to lug around coats or bags while you are posing for and taking pictures – hopefully TrickEye can look into providing some small trolleys or a similar solution.

For more details you can visit their website. Sometimes you can get discounts for purchasing tickets online. Currently it’s 10% off for buying through the website.

Trick Eye Museum provided the tickets. All content and opinions expressed are true and original to the author.

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