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Balwoo Gongyang

#116 of 119,702 Restaurants in Seoul
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56, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu | 5F TempleStay Bldg., Seoul 03145, South Korea
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+82 2-2031-2081
11:45 - 15:00
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Buderim, Queensland, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 appealing to all senses. Special thanks to our waitress Ms Nahae Park for her excellent... More 

Thank Marius M
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114 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
Hong Kong, China
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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. I think Sanchon has more dishes in the meal with more varieties of wild vegetables... More 

Thank Melody M
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636 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 a buffet. I did not see it. We went for dinner and only the restaurant... More 

1 Thank kupunakane
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 elevator. Definitely would come back again - the vegetarians loved being able to partake in... More 

Thank ShankarP
Hong Kong, China
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 with a strong flavour. The buffet has a variety of fresh raw leafy vegetables, vegetarian... More 

Thank Melody M
Hong Kong, China
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580 reviews
341 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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114 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

I want to give 6*. The food is delicious! I usually won't eat pickles or cold noodle. They serves them here and I finish everything. The pickle is really crunchy. The salad with fruit dressing is very nice too. It s authentic Korean food. I do recommend to give a try though you are not vegetarian. It s located near... More 

Thank 10th
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74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

My first experience of temple food (ignoring very basic food consumed at temples outside Korea). Went to the 5th floor restaurant where we had a little room to ourselves and were served a very generous five course meal by charming staff who explained everything simply. I was taken by a local Korean friend who says it her place of choice... More 

Thank Pigeon78
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

I'm a part time vegetarian (certain days only) and when I travel I make it a point to try the local vegetarian food. Having tried another famous vegetarian restaurant (Sanchon) during my previous trip, I had high expectations for Balwoo which was more highly recommended. I was not disappointed. I read through some of the reviews here stating the blandness... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Korean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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
  • Phone Number: +82 2-2031-2081

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?