Posts Tagged ‘artsy fartsy’

Seri Fantasy World is a gallery of 3-dimensional art painted freehand by (apparently) famous Korean artists. Basically, it is full of interactive paintings that gives out a 3D optical illusions when photographed with. I visited the museum a while back with some of my girl friends and I am gonna share with you some of my favorite snaps below.

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Welcome to Seriland!

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Ren posing with the giant mushrooms before we enter the museum

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Giant bear (???) guarding the entrance

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Two modern Filipinas with a Dalagang Pilipina. LOL my captions are ridiculous!

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Lorraine and I tending to our carabaos

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Lorraine catching a falling watermelon while I take a selfie with the vain farmer

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Gotcha!

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Oopsie!!!

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Abby and Lorraine petting a tiny dog

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While I get flown away by a giant eagle

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Falling off the wagon

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Ren helping out a fisherman with his catch

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ROAR!

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Hmmmmm… Abby and I thinking where in the Philippines should we go next

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Peeling off Mona Lisa

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ET phone home

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Waiting for the bus with Forrest Gump

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SHARK!!!

Outside the Trick Eye Museum is a little Bear Museum and a Kid’s Play Area.

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We also checked out the very short Mirror Maze. It was very short, but fun nonetheless.

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We really had a great afternoon at the Seri Fantasy World Trick Eye Museum and I would love to go back again to check out if there are newly installed artworks.

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The Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Fine Arts Museum is only a few blocks away from the famous Ben Thanh Market. After our filling breakfast inside Ben Thanh Market, we lugged our bags and made our way to the museum. Towards the same direction is Le Cong Kieu Street, a whole strip of stores selling antiques. It was still too early for our visit as most of the stores were still closed. Those that are open had moody owners who shooed us away when we tried to take photos. LOL OK then. Moving on…

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The Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City is one of the largest fine arts centers of Vietnam. The building that houses the museum is a yellow-white grand colonial-era mansion that is a combination of French and Chinese styles.

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The museum covers three floors and it focuses on collecting, keeping, preserving and displaying fine artworks typical of Vietnamese people, especially of Ho Chi Minh City.

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The first floor hosts rotating exhibits of domestic and international contemporary art. The second floor is where paintings and sculptures of Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese artists are displayed. The third floor holds a collection of historic art ranging from the 7th to early 20th century.

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I was quite impressed with the variety of mother-of-pearl inlaid woods on display. There were also lots of interesting woodcut paintings and wood sculptures.Below are some of my favorites.

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And for some reason, I am quite drawn to anything with faces of elder-looking men and women. Below are some carvings and sculptures with hauntingly beautiful faces.

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And then there are these heart-wrenching family themed sculptures. They’re not necessarily all sad-looking but I guess I just associate it with war and death and the separation it inevitably brings.

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And below are some of my favorite paintings and caricatures which focus on the Vietnamese resistance to various colonial rulers. I especially loved that of a woman supposedly in the middle of a battle. Girl power!

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As I mentioned above, the first floor is home to rotating galleries of various artists. During our visit, artworks of local children were on display. Isn’t the one on top just creepy? Haha. What could have inspired a little kid to draw bodies floating down a river?

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Finally, I feel like this certain image is what Vietnam is most popular of. I am now so pissed off that I did not buy a painting featuring a Vietnamese woman. Maybe when I go back *fingers crossed*

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Entrance fee to the HCMC Fine Arts Museum is only at 10,000 Vietnamese Dong (only around Php21) so it is a shame to pass up on a really cheap and entertaining side trip.

Have you been to the HCMC Fine Arts Museum? What were your favorites?