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Balwoo Gongyang

) #86 of 1,20,977 Restaurants in Seoul ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Asian, Korean, Vegetarian Friendly
56, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu | 5F TempleStay Bldg., Seoul 03145, South Korea
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“tofu” (3 reviews)
“soup” (5 reviews)
“stews” (2 reviews)
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Asian, Korean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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56, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu | 5F TempleStay Bldg., Seoul 03145, South Korea
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1 - 10 of 51 reviews

Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Maybe it's because I watched the Netflix documentary that's why I had higher expectations on temple food. I would recommend ordering a beverage along with your meal as some items are a bit too fried and spicy for me. Overall good balance of portion and...More

Thank humbeggar
Reviewed 4 July 2017

To confirm what several people have surmised, there are two different restaurants in this building. We tried both. -- Balwoo Gongyang Kong, on the second floor, does not appear to have a separate listing here. It's a modest, inexpensive lunch buffet, enjoyable for what it...More

Thank chienandalou
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Nothing can describe the gourmet experience that can be had at this restaurant. Buddhist cuisine famously does not use onions, garlic, chives in their cuisine, not any meat nor fish. Despite this, the food here makes one realise that vegetables rule supreme and should be...More

Thank Jin P
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We were shown to our own private dining room overlooking the beautifully lit temple next door. There was a very relaxing ambience created by the lighting and background music. Our set menu was amazing!! Each dish was creative and shared beautifully combined textures and taste...More

Thank Marius M
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

去之前沒有做足research,去到先知原來係食齋嘅佛教食堂.本身諗住叫幾個set lunch share,但點知有minimum charge,所以最尾每人都叫咗一個set lunch.嘢食方面味道普通,雖然素食來說味道是不錯,但卻沒有驚喜.而且食材用料不是昂貴的.

Thank June T
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

This is located on 5/f of the temple centre. I went for dinner and opted for the 45k menu. Great temple food with lots of small dishes bursting with flavours. All different kinds of kimchi were good - was particular impressed by the coriander kimchi....More

Thank Melody M
Reviewed 31 October 2016

I was puzzled by the reviews before I went to Seoul. Rereading them, I presume that there are two separate restaurants run by the the Jongyesa Temple across the street. It sounds like there is a moderate priced one on the second floor, perhaps with...More

1  Thank kupunakane
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

I dined here for a business dinner with veg and non vegetarian people alike - outstanding service, delicious food, very clean and modern environment. The restaurant is BYOB, FYI. It's a bit tricky to find as it is upstairs and you have to take an...More

Thank ShankarP
Reviewed 2 August 2016

I am a vegan and this was my first time having Korean vegan food. The set menu comes with buffet "appetiser" and a hot main course and is a bargain! I chose "chenggukjang" which is a fermented bean stew. It has a rather unique taste...More

Thank Melody M
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Excellent vegetarian option in seoul. This is in the temple district in Insadong. They mainly do set meals of various sizes. All ingredients fresh and very high quality

Thank kangelini
Nestled between Jongno and Samcheongdong, this small
neighborhood offers a crash course in various aspects
of Korean culture. Rows of shops display traditional
Korean goods such as pottery and earthenware, crafts,
fans, and more, making it a popular spot for souvenir
shopping. The Ssamziegil shopping complex in
particular has become a local institution for its
unique spiral layout and the many boutique shops
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Questions & Answers
22 August 2016|
Response from kangelini | Reviewed this property |
Hi, their phone number is :+82 2 733-2081. Every time I've been I made a booking on the same day, never had an issue till now.
29 April 2016|
Response from Julian B | Reviewed this property |
I believe the 5th floor is closed Sunday and maybe Monday. Check their website. Best to go early. I believe it closes about 8. Many temple food restaurants operate on an early schedule. Arrive by 7 at the latest; best to... More
Mei L
11 May 2015|
Response from Grizzo2014 | Reviewed this property |
No. This is a budhist restaurant in front of the Temple in Seoul

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:45 - 15:00
11:45 - 15:00
11:45 - 15:00
11:45 - 15:00
11:45 - 15:00
11:45 - 15:00
11:45 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 56, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu | 5F TempleStay Bldg., Seoul 03145, South Korea
  • Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Insadong
  • Neighbourhood: Insadong
  • Phone Number: +8227332081
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