CLOSED: Di Shuei Restaurant

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 7 reviews )


02-2276 0993

Basement 2, 188-6, Changchung-Dong 2Ga, Chuan-Gu, Seoul, South Korea

적수방/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. FEB 2016 REPORTED SHUT.

Categories: Chinese, Western, Taiwanese, Korean

7 Reviews

First Review by ahkow

so great - Edit

Being vegan in Seoul hasn't been the easiest thing but it was a treat to find this lovely restaurant under a Buddhist temple.
The host was so welcoming and helpful. She showed us how to wrap seaweed around rice. It was the best. Nice calm atmosphere. Very affordable vegetarian buffet. Absolutely wonderful host who spoke perfect English and was from Taiwan we came to learn.
It's above average temple food but all five stars because it's Korea, where people are confused and scared at the idea of eating plant based diet.

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Friendly staff convenient location - Edit

Really close to the Dongguk University subway station (line 3). As mentioned, exit the number 2 exit of the station and it's just a bit for further along where you turn left up the alley. Then it's on the right. Go through the glass doors down to bottom. I went once in the morning (11:45), and twice in evening (5 & 6 pm). There were 6 main dishes on offer as well as rice, fruit and other food. The meals in the morning was hot. The evening meals were cold. Not sure if they were from the morning , or another afternoon batch. The rice was hot. Staff were friendly, especially a young lady who is connected in some way. Top value I thought for 6,000. Closed at 7pm. Not open Sunday.

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Disappointed - Edit

I went to this place two evenings in a row. The first time I arrived at 7.30 ans there was nobody, just 4 persons from the staff eating rice and vegetables. I was not sure I was in the right place and kindly they explained to me that it is every day a buffet, but it close at 7 pm. Then the staff eat the leftovers. They assured me that normally there are plenty of dishes available and they invited me to come back. So I did it, the very next day. I was there at 6 pm and I even managed to be very hungry and once again there were 4 dishes of vegetables and seaweeds and some rice. I couldn't even eat that because the place has been reserved by monks and they won't allow my presence. Ok maybe I was not lucky, but I am not going to try again.

Pros: right outside the subway exit 2

Cons: buffet with max 4 dishes?

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A restaurant in a Taiwanese Buddhist temple - Edit

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

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Tasty and Cheap - Edit

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:


Pros: inside a nice temple, cheap, healthy

Cons: in the basement

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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

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Great people and food - Edit

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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