I can’t remember where I first read about the Dreamy Camera Cafe. It’s been featured in several “must-see” lists, and I thought it was one of those places I really really wanted to see but would never make it to because of its relatively remote location (40 miles outside of Seoul with no easy public transportation). It was the main reason I signed up for this tour.
The cafe is in the shape of a Rolleiflex twin-lens camera, with two stories inside. The owners wanted to build a place where people could come and be inspired to achieve their dreams. The cafe is crammed with old cameras and paraphernalia.
Even the napkins come out of a giant film canister!
The cafe gives all customers a sheet to fill out with five bucket list items, and then you write an encouraging note to yourself at the bottom to help you achieve your dreams. The energy of the cafe was so warm, welcoming, and inspiring. I read an interview with the owners and this was one of the lovely quotes in the article:
Our success isn’t defined by how much money we make. If someone walks through the door and talks about their dream, that would make our day. That’s what the Dreamy Camera Cafe is for.
Here are the five dreams I chose from my much-longer personal bucket list:
While we were enjoying our drinks, we had a great conversation about our dreams, what makes a good relationship, inspiring travel, and other interesting topics that our lists gave life to. (Molly, Linda, and Johanna: talk about choosing the bigger life! You all would love this place!) Before we left, the owners had taken our lists, shrunk them to wallet size, and given us a laminated copy to keep with us.
Last stop: Semiwon Lotus Festival