SINGAPORE - A new museum which uses optical illusion to make two-dimensional paintings appear to be in 3-D will open at Resorts World Sentosa in the middle of the year.
The region's first Trickeye Museum will be the main attraction on a Little Korea strip. Visitors can pose within the frames to become subjects within the paintings.
The trickeye concept, a play of words on "trompe l'oeil" meaning "trick of the eye" in French, was popularised in South Korea in 2010, with three such museums in Seoul, Jeju and Busan.
It is quite a hit with snap-happy tourists. Last year, 500,000 visited the Seoul museum, making it one of Korea's most-visited small museums.
The museum will be sited near the Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa, accompanied by about six shops on a 100m stretch, to be occupied by South Korean-themed fashion, food and beverage outlets.
The Singapore version will place about 80 paintings within a 800 sq m space.
Trickeye Museum's director Sujin Seong says choosing Singapore as its first overseas offshoot was an "obvious choice".
Ms Seong, 27, says: "Since we initiated this popular concept in Seoul in 2010, we always wanted to expand the footprint of Trickeye beyond the shores of Korea. As a key tourism hub, Singapore was the obvious choice... and (will) provide more compelling reasons for tourists from around the world to come visit."
She is also considering opening branches of the museum in Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shenzhen, Chongqing and Hainan.