Dreamy Camera Cafe - 꿈꾸는사진기
I have been so eager to find the time to share this post. Maybe you already know this, but when it comes to cafe's-Korea is king. You name it, and Korea likely has it. From cat cafe's to movie theater cafe's, there is always something for everyone. Each cafe is so unique! I'm hoping to experience many during my time here, because after all, coffee makes everything better.
A few weeks ago JD and I visited a very special cafe outside Seoul that I'm excited to write about. Let me introduce you to.....
And folks, dreamy is an understatement.
Latte's, Camera, Action!
Upon entering the cafe, I felt as if we had walked into mini museum. The place was filled with beautiful cameras of all makes and models; both old and new. The first camera you'll notice on display as you walk in is the Rolleiflex twin-lens camera, for which the gorgeous building was modeled after.
It was a tranquil Wednesday afternoon, and many people were enjoying time catching up with others, and perhaps studying. These customers were likely regulars seeing as they didn't spend their time marveling at the cameras or taking photos themselves. Though the cameras were a sight to see, the cameras themselves are not the full inspiration for this fun concept.
The Dream Behind the Cafe
Cafe owners, Park Sung-hwan and Kwak Myung-hee are a wonderful couple who share a passion for dream visualization - their hope is to inspire dreamers to chase after their biggest hopes and desires.
After ordering some drinks, we were encouraged to take a seat and write down our own dreams. I was totally on board with this idea, as I am a firm believer in the powerful effects of writing your dreams down. I have made many vision boards over the years and really enjoy seeing daily reminders. After JD and I took the time to jot down our hopes, the lovely owners took our lists to post on their wall, and even printed a copy of them for us to take home! Such a wonderful idea. I wonder how many people realize their dreams and have returned to the cafe.
A Glimpse into my Personal Dreams
As I mentioned, I'm a sucker for goal-setting, and day dreaming about what the future holds. Sadly we couldn't stay long, so I couldn't sit and ponder for as long as I would've liked. Though JD and I managed to write them down in time. Funnily enough we both shared similar hopes which was interesting! Now we can help keep each other accountable. I mainly focused on what I wanted out of my time in Korea. We both hope to learn the language and take up an art form. For me, I'd like to really grow as a blogger, and learn more about videography. (As a start, I've made an amateur video of my time at the cafe for you all to see!)
Seriously, so obsessed with this place and I hope to return soon! Shout out to Aurora for capturing this beautiful photo below!
Below, check out a short video I made to transport yourself here!
How to Get Here
Luckily for those of you in Seoul, this dreamy place is only a little over an hour away by subway/bus. You can take either to Yongmun station and head to exit 1, after which you can take a short taxi ride the rest of the way. Address: 341-13 Jungwon-ri, Yongmun-myeon, Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi-do
If you're reading this, I hope you enjoyed this post and have a chance to one day visit this dreamy place for yourself! I also hope this serves as a reminder to think about your own personal hopes and dreams and take the time to write em' down.