Korean cafe fulfills customers' caffeine fix while stepping inside a giant camera


YANGPYEONG, South Korea (WTHR) —All across South Korea, you will see them.

"There are 6, 7, 8 cafes within 100 feet," said photographer John Steele.

In the Olympic host country, coffee is king.

"The current coffee and café culture has gone wild. It's everywhere you go," said café customer William Lee. "If you need a caffeine fix, just go outside and you'll see one. You can go a block and run into 5 or 6 different coffee shops. You have your Starbucks. You'll also see these little ones with themes."

Since there are so many options in Korea, you really need something different to stand out.

There is a "Hello Kitty" café with regular cats, unusual looking felines and a meerkat. In South Korea, you can find a café with all kinds of animals, including a kangaroo.

"There are cafes with dogs, sheep and raccoons," said Lee.

Cafes are popular dating places, a spot to chill out or enjoy the end of the day.

"Just to be able to drink coffee and watch the sunset at the Nodu Haung River Cafe," said Steele.

It seems as though Koreans love taking pictures of these cafes.

"Because they're so unique and they're themed, it's a chance for the ladies to take pictures and have fun with it," said Lee.

In Korea, coffee drinkers post pictures of the cafes on blogs.

"All the pictures they do take are uploaded to those blogs, helping advertise these smaller spots," said Lee.

Arguably the most picturesque café in Korea is located approximately 30 miles from Seoul in Yangpyeong.

"In 2008, we decided to open up this café in the countryside and collect cameras," said Kwak Myung-hee.

The couple that owns this cafe has a thing for photography and cameras.

"I've been into photography for about 15 years. It's a good hobby. It's delightful. Looking at pictures reminds us of memories," said Park Sung-hwan. "My favorite camera is an M3 model."

In fact, the couple is so passionate they decided to build a café that looks like a camera. It is a two-story building called the Dreamy Camera Cafe.

"We looked around the countryside looking for a location and talked about the design. Then, we thought about a camera," said Kwak Myung-hee.

The original design was based on a different camera. But that was too wide for their property. So, they used another camera as inspiration. The windows look like giant camera lenses. Inside, you can order drinks and desserts. But, the café owners have something else for you to do while you are dining.

"We want to help the customers make their dreams come true," said Kwak Myung-hee.

Dreams are what this cafe is all about. Each customer is given a sheet of paper to fill out a dream list. Visitors have dreamed to be free from cancer, travel and see as much of the world as possible and make my parents proud of me.

"People share their dreams and when they make their dreams come true, they are very happy," said Park Sung-hwan.

Everyone who's been to the Dreamy Camera Café has their visit photographed and preserved on the walls. Many customers keep in contact with the couple, letting them know how their dream pursuit is going.

"We are not running this café for the money. Our goal is to have people share their dreams. When people make their dreams come true, that's what makes us happy," said Park Sung-hwan. "By running this cafe, we are other people's dreams come true."

Inside the Dreamy Camera Café is an impressive collection of cameras.

"I didn't collect cameras at the beginning. But, after opening this café I wanted something to talk about with customers. That's why I started collecting cameras," said said Park Sung-hwan.

Across South Korea, there are many options where you can get a caffeine fix. But in the Olympic host country there is only one picturesque place To combine caffeine and dreams.

Korea's Dreamy Camera Café.

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