Lonely Planet Writer

South Koreans escape heatwave at Seoul’s ultra-cool Ice Museum

Residents of Seoul, South Korea have found a novel way to escape a heatwave this week by visiting an ice museum in the vibrant district of Hongdae.

South Korea Seoul Ice Museum
The Ice Museum in Hongdae, Seoul features furniture carved exclusively out of ice. Image by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The Trick Eye and Ice Museum offers guests the opportunity to chill out in a room made entirely of ice, with beds, walls, tables and even a piano carved out in impressive detail.

South Korean Ice Museum Hongdae
A South Korean man enjoys escaping the heat at the Trick Eye and Ice Museum in Seoul. Image by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The room is kept at minus ten degrees Celsius, offering a welcome escape from the summer heat in the city. During the past weeks, South Korea has experienced record high temperatures, with the average day hovering around 36 degrees Celsius with lows of 25 degrees.

South Korea Seoul Ice Museum
A South Korean man chills out on an ice bed. Image by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The Trick Eye Museum is also part of the attraction and has an art gallery with paintings that use trompe l’oeil, a technique that gives 2D art pieces the illusion of being three dimensional. Visitors can interact with the art, posing in positions that make them look as if they are part of the work. The museum has education programmes available for kindergarten and elementary school students to learn more about the art and techniques used to create the illusions.