Jeoksubang - 적수방

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Seoul-si, Jung-gu, Jangchung-dong, 2-ga, 188-6, Fo Guang Monastery, Seoul, South Korea, 100-855

Vegetarian Taiwanese Buddhist cuisine, with an abundance of vegan dishes on menu. Buffet during lunch, ala carte in the evening. Run by the temple. Dongguk Uni station, exit 2. 대만 사찰음식 전문점입니다. 베지테리언(유란채식) 메뉴를 판매하나 비건 메뉴도 상당히 있습니다. 점심은 뷔페, 저녁은 단품메뉴로 제공이 되며, 해당 식당은 서울불광산사가 운영하고 있습니다. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-7:00pm. Opening hours are flexible - call ahead.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Taiwanese

10 Reviews

First Review by amandateng

nice buffet - Edit

It is super close to the metro exit, you will see a sign saying "Tea House". The eatery is in the second underground floor. The buffet consist of some 12 things and also tea and some fruits. The food was traditional Korean, I haven't noticed anything Thai :-). It was a quick tasty lunch but I would not call it the best food in Seoul as some did ;-)

Pros: low price, calm room with Buddha statues and monks

Cons: not big choice, simple dishes

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Wonderful! - Edit

Zander and I searched out Jeoksubang based on the great reviews here on Happy Cow. And a lunch became a wonderful afternoon event. The first thing you will notice upon entering the building is a beautiful Buddhist temple prayer room. The restaurant is downstairs below the prayer room. The food is delicious - just like Mom would cook if Mom happened to be from Taiwan and Korea. And the most reasonably-priced meal in Seoul. I noticed that they had a large selection of teas and asked the incredible Iris (previously mentioned in reviews) about the tea. What happened? Iris gave us a full Chinese tea ceremony while educating us about tea preparation and serving. So lunch became an afternoon and Iris became a friend. Highly recommended for food and tea. And Iris says she also makes a mean cup of coffee which we can't wait to try on our next visit.

Pros: Food, Service, Price

Cons: Slightly complicated to find - use Google maps

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feels like Home Food - Edit

Chef prepared tteoboki and jangjiang Mian dinner set for 3 of us for only 10,000 won.

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delicious food extremely nice people - Edit

Although the restaurant was already closed, they opened up just for us and served us delicious food. We felt most welcome and highly recommend this place!

Pros: delicious food, perfect service , run by the nicest people

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Amazing all you can eat Buddhist Temple Food - Edit

We visited Jeoksubang on our second day in Seoul and thanks to the great directions given on this page we found it straight away!

The lady working (Iris) is Taiwanese and was so helpful and kind, telling us what each dish was and making us fresh Oolong tea. She speaks fluent English as she has travelled a lot and was so happy to have us there. The food was amazing and not bland at all ~ I really liked their kimchi!! Highly recommend anyone to go, it is wholesome and nourishing food that is wonderful for your body and soul.

Pros: Easy to find, Cheap, Delicious and authentic

Cons: None!

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One of the best temple food - Edit

This is a branch temple of Taiwanese temple Fo Guang Shan which is famous for its excellent vegetarian food. The restaurant is inside the temple, there is no sign outside, but don't be afraid, it worth to venture inside. The staff and also the nuns are extremely welcoming and helpful. The food is various, very delicious Chinese style food. Most of them are vegan. It is also conveniently located, just next to Dongguk University subway station, and the price is very cheap regarding it's all-you-can-eat.

Pros: cheap, delicious, nice staff

Cons: no sign outside the temple

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Taiwanese, Vegan except for Maxim instant coffee - Edit

I only searched for vegan places at first, so this wasn't on my radar. But I like it! The food is mostly vegan, and the lady will tell you if there is dairy in any of the dishes. Today when I went, there wasn't.

Pros: Mostly vegan, 100% on the day that I went. Cheap a

Cons: Cash only. Only one lady seems to be cooking all t

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Inexpensive buffet style, kudos! - Edit

Owner was kind to explain the various alternative places to find vegetarian food. She also cut up and offered us persimmon, which was not part of the spread. Good and safe place for oriental vegetarians who don't take the five spices, i.e., onion, leek, garlic, etc.

Pros: Inexpensive , Friendly and helpful owner

Cons: A bit limited choice around 5pm., Not prominently located. At B2.

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A wonderful surprise - Edit

I was traveling around Seoul with my wife and literally stumbled upon this wonderful 100% vegan place held by a very kind and smiling lady (Thanks to HappyCow!). It was lunch time and everything served in the buffet was very tasty, fresh and healthy. We absolutely loved our experience there and will most definitely come back one day. It was also by far the best home-made kimchi we had in our entire trip! A must go-to place for vegans struggling to find plant-based meals in Seoul (PS: We had tried all the highest-rated expensive buddhist vegan restaurants of Seoul on HappyCow beforehand, and we ended up prefering Jeoksubang!).



Updated from previous review on 2016-11-12

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cheap and good buffet! - Edit

7,000won per pax for buffet. All the food is cooked by a single Taiwanese lay lady so we went for the slightly cold buffet for dinner. The lady gave us hot seaweed soup and topped up one of the dishes. She even served us expensive lotus flower tea, complimentary of the temple. Just need to take train to Dongguk station, exit 2. Come out, walk past the big bread shop on left and go down the first small road. You'll see the temple door. Enter and go down 2 floors to the restaurant. Open till 7pm. Weekends closed.

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