Korean name 적수방, Chinese 滴水坊, address 서울시 중구 장충동 2가 188-6. Offers meals and also sells vegetarian snacks, biscuits, and sweets from Taiwan. Staff speaks Korean and Chinese. Directions: take Metro Line 3 Dongguk Univ Exit 2, walk out straight and you will see a "太極堂" building, go to alley beside it and look for "佛光山寺," and the restaurant is in basement 2. Note that the building does not look like a Buddhist temple, although it does have a temple in basement 1. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Western
Basement 2, 188-6, Changchung-Dong 2Ga, Chuan-Gu
Seoul, South Korea
02-2276 0993
Now Open

Mon-Sat 11:00am-8:00pm



First Review by ahkow
  • vegetarian

A restaurant in a Taiwanese Buddhist temple

Posted on 09 / 30 / 2014

This a tea house run by the Taiwanese Buddha Light Temple.

The food served is Chinese food, strict Chinese Buddhist style (no eggs, onion, garlic, leek, chives). Dairy products are permissible in Chinese Buddhist vegetarian food but I didn't encounter any when I ate there.

Very conveniently located next to the Dongguk station. Once you come up from exit 2, you will see a sign of the cafe pointing into an alley. The building looks closed but you go through the door and head towards the basement.

They have started serving lunch buffet 11:30am to 1pm for 6000W. It's all you can eat, with rice and several dishes, soup and fruits. I was there twice and the soup was really fantastic delicious. The dishes were all Chinese food, though daikon kimchi was available. What I like is that they are like home cooked food.

You can also order from the menu if you don't want to eat the buffet. There are noodles and rice dishes.

I got greedy and ordered a plate of pot stickers (5000W) on top of the buffet. They were pretty good.

The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for 6000W was fantastic value for money.

They spoke very limited English. I spoke Mandarin with them.

Unfortunately, they close rather early in the evening, at 7pm

Pros: Very delicious home cook food, Buffet is great value for money, Strict Chinese Buddhist vegetarian
Cons: Close rather early in the evening
  • vegetarian

Tasty and Cheap

Posted on 11 / 09 / 2013

I was hoping for some Taiwanese food, but on the day we went there was a simple Korean buffet (6000W). The price was great value for tasty and healthy food, and it even included a small coffee. It seems the menu is different every day here and you never know what to expect. If you're planning on going there with more than two people, I'd call ahead to make sure they make enough food! Also, as explained above, it's up the hill of a small alleyway right by exit 2. Although it doesn't really look like a temple or restaurant, they do now have an English sign that says "Tea House."

The Taiwanese Buddhist nuns and their friends were very nice and invited us for a chat after lunch. They teach a variety of courses on Chinese and Buddhism. Just in case anyone is interested, I'll attach the websites:

Chinese: http://web.fgs.org.tw/index.php?ihome=E30201
Korean: http://cafe.naver.com/seoulfgs

Pros: inside a nice temple, cheap, healthy
Cons: in the basement
  • vegetarian


Posted on 01 / 16 / 2012

Living as a mostly-vegetarian in Korea, I know it can be pretty hard to find vegetarian food. It was a great disappointment to me that even the vegetable mandu (dumplings) all contained meat and my city of Daejeon only boasts 2 vegetarian restaurants. On my latest trip to Seoul, I made sure to visit some of these places and the only thing I have to say is that the people there are REALLY nice and they have the plumpest, juiciest, vegetarian mandu (12 for 6,000 won). My friend also ordered their bibimbap for 6,000 won and I had one of their noodle soups for 5,000 won. I would definitely go back again, even though their menu appeared to be predominately drinks.

The no onion and garlic rule is a plus and it was really easy to find. :)

Pros: reasonable prices, friendly, bilingual staff, DELICIOUS mandu
Cons: small, simple menu

  • vegan

Great people and food

Posted on 12 / 14 / 2011

This is a Buddhist restaurant founded by Fo Guang Shan temple. We were served by a nun and ordered baked rice and sweet sour noodle soup. Food were nice, but the people were especially nice. Unlike other restaurants in Korea, we could communicate well since they were Taiwanese and spoke Chinese. We also had a chat with a master at the temple office after the meal. Before we left, they were so kind to give us some sushi. We felt so grateful for that.

Pros: Nice staff, Cheap


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Last updated: 2012/03/18


Added: 2011/11/28


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