Art in Paradise Pattaya
Art in Paradise is a fun and fresh take on an art gallery that has closed the divide between art and spectator with three-dimensional paintings that are interactive and laugh-out-loud funny. Through clever use of shading and borders, artists have painted directly on to walls to create stunning images that trick our eyes into thinking animals are smashing through walls, friends are balancing over raging waterfalls and polar bears are stealing a sip of our coconut. The gallery has over 100 individual art pieces in ten themed sections, covering optical illusions, wild animals, nature, past civilisations and reproductions of classic art with witty additions such as bright pink nail polish on a pre-Raphaelite beauty, or a pencil added to the Mona Lisa so you can be Leanardo Da Vinci… for a second, at least.
The taking of photographs isn’t just tolerated at Art in Paradise, it is actively encouraged and you will see plenty of Thai people engaging in one of the nation’s favourite pastimes, taking shot after shot of friends in ever more elaborate poses. Art in Paradise inspires visitors to get creative with the paintings as the 3D imagery looks more authentic in photographs. This is a great place to come with children, friends or on a date and you will leave the gallery with a lot of funny moments captured on your camera.
It takes around two hours to get around the whole gallery, although you can spend as little or as long as you wish interacting with the paintings. There is nothing else quite like Art in Paradise in Pattaya as it is well thought out, professionally executed and is something the whole family can enjoy in any weather. The price is a sticking point however, at 500 baht for foreign adults and 300 baht for foreign children. This pricing scheme seems a little high compared to the 150 baht Thai citizens are required to pay, but this is a common strategy employed by many tourist activities in Thailand. If you live in Thailand, you can show your work permit or driving license to gain entry at the Thai price irrespective of your nationality.