Address in Korean 서울시 종로구 견지동 71 5F (템플스테이정보센터 5층). Buddhist temple cuisine. Clean and modern space. Managed by a Buddhist nun from the Choe Gae Sa Temple across the street. Reservations suggested. In the second floor of the same building is very simple temple cuisine buffet for around 8000 Won. Some dishes can also be ordered for additional price. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, Korean, Buddhist


First Review by wsh79
  • vegetarian

Good Buffet in noisy place

2 Posted on 09 / 06 / 2013

We went on lunch time to the 2nd floor buffet as the 5th floor restaurant needed a reservation. The taste was good and the amount big. But the room was very noisy and the staff not so friendly. Also, a few hours later we both had some stomach issue...

Pros: good buffet
Cons: can be noisy
  • mostly-vegetarian

Great atmosphere and food on the 2nd floor.

5 Posted on 04 / 11 / 2013

We had lunch on the 2nd floor, which is the more casual restaurant of TempleStay. The decoration is modern and the architecture captures perfectly the light. There is a special flair about this restaurant. The waitress was very polite.

The food was delicious and had absolutely reasonable prices. A meal usually consists of different components and this makes it very interesting. The mock meat tastes indeed quite real, but as someone who has not been a vegetarian for a long time I can tell it was Tofu.
So don't worry (like the review below), I'm sure they don't use any meat, the whole group of buddhists that runs TempeStay seems to be very trustworthy people. Why would they put meat in your food and tell it's veggie...they are vegetarians themselves.

On the ground floor you can take part in buddhism ceremonies, don't forget to stop on the was outside (during daytime). We felt very welcome in this building and will always come back

Pros: Great architecture, Building/institution is worth a visit, Delicious food for good prices
  • vegan

This is not Vegan Restaurant.

2 Posted on 11 / 08 / 2012

I knew here is good place and hope to go there.
But today I heard about this restaurant from Korean vegetarian Community.
They use red pepper paste sauce and curry which are not vegan.
Even the Curry they use has real meat based!!!
And red pepper paste sauce called "고추장" in Korea is almost not vegan. Meat based in it.
So If u r Vegan, plz be careful.. even that menu is normal Bibimbap...
I'm very disappointed....

  • vegetarian

Expensive but worth it

5 Posted on 10 / 31 / 2012

As opposed to the previous commenters, I've visited this place twice and both times, I went to the fifth floor - where the expensive stuff is. The first time, I went for their 10-course meal as a part of the Vegan Food Tour I was a part of under O'ngo Foods. The second time, I took some friends and we ordered the 15-course meal. It's a bit pricey but the food variety and quality was well worth it - it was both eye candy and a treat for your taste buds! Obviously, you wouldn't come in regularly but if you ever have the chance, treat yourself. :)

Pros: delicious and beautiful food, great atmosphere
Cons: expensive
  • vegetarian

Good restaurant

4 Posted on 06 / 10 / 2012

Buffet is not 6000 won as it is said in the description but 7000 wons. But anyway, the food was good, especially mushrooms and muk.

  • vegetarian

Baru- Jongno gu- 2nd Floor

4 Posted on 01 / 31 / 2012

The food is simple-but healthy & excellent.There will be 4 or 5 items to choose from & this can cater to any taste. I am from India, but I have seen Europians too there. Basically it is rice, 3 salads,one curry,one fried item and a soup.The atmosphere is modern & great.The temple food motto is- The food is taken as a medicine to clear/purify the body & mind of any ailments.

Pros: simple & natural, good value, friendly staff
Cons: none
  • vegetarian

simple buffet

5 Posted on 01 / 02 / 2012

This is the only restuarant i went in Seoul which offers vegetarian meal without onion/garlic since its run by a temple across the street.
Buffet cost 7000won. There are a few dishes (around 5) and a soup. meals are quite healthy. You may take several times if you wish to, but you have to finish your food. This is usually the culture of koreans if they are having temple food.
You have to make payment before you start taking the food. Located on the 2nd floor. 5th floor same building has another restuarant but is a very expensive one, hence i didn't try that.

Pros: healthy cuisine, cheap, friendly
Cons: not much dishes to choose from
  • kumasuresh kumasuresh

    Thank You for the helpful review.



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Last updated: 2013/09/09


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