Dreamy Camera Cafe in Yangpyeong


Home to the largest Starbucks outlet in Korea, and the Yangpyeong Rail Bike, Yangpyeong also houses a lesser-known attraction: Dreamy Camera Cafe – a cafe with an exterior that looks exactly like a camera, where you are encouraged to ponder about your life goals


Dreamy Camera Cafe is the owner’s dream come true


dreamy camera cafe - exterior
Image credit: 꿈꾸는사진기-Dreamy Camera Cafe 

Dreamy Camera Cafe is run by a couple, Mr and Mrs Park, who are ex-military pilots. Because they felt that it’s hard to have ambitious dreams in Korea – a country where dreams are often put aside and labelled as unrealistic in a cut-throat society – the couple wanted to provide a safe space for people who can’t figure out what they want to do in life.

Visitors here can share their experiences, and pen down their dreams and bucket list. 

dreamy camera cafe - how the cafe came about
Image credit: @jinee10

This cafe is an apt place for someone to do this, as it is actually Mr Park’s dream come true. He had wanted to open a cafe, so he sketched out his plan in 2011. The cafe was brought to life when construction began in 2012, and the cafe began operations a year after that.

dreamy camera cafe - family photo
The owner, his wife, and their child.
Image credit: 꿈꾸는사진기-Dreamy Camera Cafe 

Because the owner has a passion for photography, he designed the cafe to look like a Rolleiflex Twin Lens Camera. You can find the owner’s collection of cameras showcased across the 2 floors of the cafe.

dreamy camera cafe - camera shoawcase
Images adapted from: @jinee10 and @sora_daily 

dreamy camera cafe - toilet paper holder
A polaroid toilet paper holder
Image credit: 꿈꾸는사진기-Dreamy Camera Cafe 

Even after Mr Park fulfilled his dream of opening the cafe, he didn’t stop there. A recent update on their Facebook page shows their goals as of July 2020. For instance, Mr Park’s was to lose 10kg. And Mrs Park, who said she is content, wanted their daughter to enjoy her final year as an elementary school student.

dreamy camera cafe - family goals
Image credit: 꿈꾸는사진기-Dreamy Camera Cafe 

Also, the family’s home is right next to the cafe – giving off a more homey feel to those dropping by.

dreamy camera cafe - in spring
Image credit: 꿈꾸는사진기-Dreamy Camera Cafe 


What to order at Dreamy Camera Cafe


Visitors to the cafe often rave about their tasty Honey Bread (KRW6,000, ~USD5.35). It is well-seasoned with sugar and cinnamon, and generously smothered in honey and whipped cream.

dreamy camera cafe - honey bread
Image credit: @iamhomiho

Another must-try is the cheesecake (KRW5,000, ~USD4.46) that visitors tend to go for when the Honey Bread is sold out.

You can pair these treats with a good ol’ cup of Americano (KRW4,000, ~USD3.57) or a hot chamomile tea (KRW4,500, ~USD4.01).

dreamy camera cafe - menu
Beverages on the menu include herbal tea, coffee, and non-caffeinated drinks.
Image credit: Lost With Jen

The cafe owners also help their customers send out postcards by snail mail. Simply purchase a postcard for KRW1,000 (~USD0.89), and the owners will help you do the rest

dreamy camera cafe - postcard service
Images adapted from: CE님의 블로그 and 꿈꾸는사진기-Dreamy Camera Cafe

Ultimately, visitors to the cafe are encouraged to take some time to ponder about their hopes and dreams – no matter how unrealistic it may be – and leave the cafe motivated to turn them into reality, just like what the owners did.

dreamy camera cafe - bucket list
Images adapted from: 꿈꾸는사진기-Dreamy Camera Cafe and @yeahzzii_

Previously, the cafe would encourage patrons to write their bucket list and they’ll snap a polaroid of you for you to take home. Now, they print out your bucket list in the size of a credit card instead.

버킷리스트를 적을 수 있는 양평 '꿈꾸는사진기'에서 데이트 했어요!!😊 (feat. 세계여행,공연 그리고 기부)
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버킷리스트를 적을 수 있는 양평 '꿈꾸는사진기'에서 데이트 했어요!!😊 (feat. 세계여행,공연 그리고 기부)

Video credit:  쑈따리부부가 알려드릴게요 

Visitors will be provided with a paper, printed with a template for them to write down their bucket list. After that, they will then get a miniature version of their bucket list in the size of a credit card to take home with them, while the original copy will be kept in a folder in the cafe. This souvenir will serve as a reminder for them to do their best in realising their dreams.

dreamy camera cafe - mini version of bucketlist
Both images adapted from: @yeahzzii_

Throughout the past 8 years that the cafe has been in operation, it has seen many customers pen their bucket lists down. These can be seen pasted on the walls of the cafe. You can see polaroids of visitors who have come by the cafe on display as well.

dreamy camera cafe - bucketlists on the wall
Both images adapted from: M C 유기훈의 소통과 힐링

dreamy camera cafe - book corner
Pick up a book from the shelves if you need some inspiration for what to include in your bucket list
Image credit: @sora_daily


How to get to Dreamy Camera Cafe


dreamy camera cafe - at dusk
Image credit: 꿈꾸는사진기-Dreamy Camera Cafe 

Heading to Dreamy Camera Cafe will take about 2.5-3 hours if you’re coming from Seoul. So it’s best to have a day trip planned to make full use of your time in Yangpyeong.

To get there:

  • Take the subway to Yongmun Station of the Gyeongui-Jungang Line and exit the station via Exit 2.
  • Walk for about 6 minutes from the exit to Yongmun Livestock Cooperative (용문축협) and board Bus 77-1. The bus ride costs KRW1,450 (~USD1.29) and takes about 10 minutes.
  • Alight at Jungwon-1ri Town Hall (중원1리마을회관) and Dreamy Camera Cafe is a 10-minute walk away.

Pro-tip: Use Naver Maps to navigate so you won’t lose your way.

Address: 341-13, Jung-won-ri, Yongmun-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Operating hours: Tues – Sat, 11AM-6PM (Closed on Mondays, Sundays & the whole week of  Chuseok and Seollal or Lunar New Year)
Telephone: 031-771-3264
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Cover image adapted from: 꿈꾸는사진기-Dreamy Camera Cafe 

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