Oh Se Gae Hyang - 오세계향

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14-5 Insa-dong 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Seoul vegan restaurant owned by well-known Korean vegetarian food company, Vegifood. 60-seats, Korean style seating. Each 12 tables introduce the world 12 Saints' wise sayings and their pictures. Food is mostly Korean and Chinese with a few pasta and salad dishes. No garlic or green onion. Directions: Walk right to the end of Insadong-Gil 12 which does not appear on Google Map. 베지푸드'사에서 운영하고 있는 채식 레스토랑입니다. 한옥 구조로 아늑한 내부에 약 60여 개의 좌석이 구비되어 있습니다. 식사는 단품 메뉴로 다양한 한식과 중식, 각종 콩고기 요리가 제공되며, 파스타와 샐러드도 제공됩니다. 음식에는 마늘과 파가 들어가지 않습니다. 영업시간은 매일 11:30~21:00로 연중무휴입니다. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-9:00pm. Last orders 30 minutes before closing.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Western, Korean

62 Reviews

First Review by craigmc

I want to go there over and over - Edit

We have visited there twice, last Christmas and this summer .. everything was so good that I want to go there again if we are in Korea. I enjoyed the food there very much.

Stuff is nice and the indoor is very pleasant.

Pros: Very delicious, Many side dishes

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cutlet 😬 - Edit

Oh Lordy. The cutlet here is out of this world! It’s a very cute little place tucked into a corner in Insadong. The server was very nice. It is a traditional korean restaurant so shows off at the door and you sit in the floor on pillows.

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מצויינת מסעדה טבעונית אמיתית - Edit

מסעדה טבעונית פשוטה אבל נפלאה עם מגוון מנות וצניעות. כיף לאכול בה

Pros: טעים

Cons: אין

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if you want Korean Vegan then come here - Edit

Tried many vegan restaurant in Seoul but this was Korean food. Came here twice. The food was very good. Would recommend everyone to visit here at least once. Packed during both lunch and dinner.

Pros: Lots of option and big portions

Cons: none

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Awesome food, great atmosphere - Edit

This was the first Vegan restaurant I ate at in Seoul and I was not disappointed. I absolutely loved the traditional style Korean seating and the atmosphere of this restaurant. The food was equally awesome and flavorful. I love their soups and noodle dishes. Definitely check this place out if you haven't!

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excellent vegan fairs! - Edit

I've been to some other restaurants from this company but this one really stands out. Spicy soft tofu soup and vegan yogurt were something else!!

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love the place but not enough staff - Edit

I went with friends to eat there. I loved the place and the environment. On top of that the food was amazing and not expensive. But the only problem in my opinion was that they had only one waitress in their busiest hours. It took time till we had our food ordered and then brought to us. But overall I loved it and I will definitely go there again.

Pros: delicious food, great atmosphere

Cons: not enough staff

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Awesome place - Edit

It was super delicious!

Pros: Not that expensive.

Cons: They don't really speak english.

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Very good experience - Edit

very good food, floor citing, nice atmosphere

Pros: food,, authenticity

Cons: prices

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Lovely experience - Edit

Beautiful hanok house with flowers. Great korean food on the cheap served with many delicious side dishes. Floor seating. My new favorite vegan place in Seoul that happens to also be very accessible, near Anguk subway station in the a beautiful and happening neighborhood with plenty of art galleries, a palace and things to do in the area. Some products are sold for economical prices also such as soy meats and ramen.

Updated from previous review on 2017-03-23

Pros: Full set meal, Good price only 7,000won, Traditional

Cons: None, None, None

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MeghanMariePhelps 19 May 2017 - I'm convinced! I'll visit soon :)  


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Great location and tasty - Edit

Very close to Anguk metro station (one stop east of gyeongbokgung palace) so lots to see around it. The restaurant itself has a lovely atmosphere, you sit on cushions on the floor in open-room spaces with low tables, and is lovingly decorated in korean style. Food is amazing, especially the soy cutlet, one of the best "chick'n" I've ever had. Some of the cold side dishes are an acquired taste but it was lovely to have a place to try vegan local food.

Pros: Location, All vegan, Style and atmosphere

Cons: Closes at 9PM, Little hard to find as it's tucked away

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maybe it was the time of day... - Edit

We arrived not too long before last orders and korean friend had not the most amicable interactions with the staff. We were placed at a used table - which isn't a problem - but were left with it for 15 minutes before it was cleared,, albeit half heartedly.
Food was good though and we were just happy to finally eat.
Non-veggie friends were impressed by the jjajangmyeon that they shared, but not by the service.
Would revisit to give another chance.

Pros: nice range of dishes , potential for a nice atmosphere

Cons: hit and miss service ?

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Good Korean food - Edit

Very nice place, the food was good and definitely worth the price. We waited quite a while but there were lots of people so all good!

Pros: Good food for a decent price.

Cons: A bit difficult to find, maybe not the best place

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Nice Korean/Chinese vegan restaurant - Edit

This is basically a Loving Hut restaurant. There's a wide variety of Korean and Chinese dishes. I went there 3 times and always liked the food, although when I ate the jjajjangmyeon my stomach was a bit upset afterwards.

Some people complained about the seating being bad for "big" people, but the problem is if you're not flexible and can't sit cross-legged. I personally like that kind of seating, but I understand for people who can't sit cross-legged it might be uncomfortable.

The staff is OK. Not smiley, but nice.

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-09

Pros: Variety of dishes, Location

Cons: Seating might be uncomfortable for some people

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This is a Loving Hut! - Edit

A cleverly disguised Loving Hut ;-) with a great selection of vegan Korean food. Everything we ordered was delicious. Excellent value and would definitely return.

Pros: Excellent value, Delicious food

Cons: Not the friendliest staff but ok

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very delicious - Edit

The restaurant is located in an old townhouse. You have to sit on the floor and you have to leave your shoes outside and enter in socks. The food was very delicious. You get a free pot of tea which might be made from roasted grain, but I am not sure. We had the fried dumplings which were very tasty. Also the vegetarian meat with sweet and sour dressing and cabbage was good. The noodles in sesame were not very spicy and lacked a little bit of saltiness.
Nevertheless we enjoyed our food and the price is very good for what you get.

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Loved it - Edit

I went here three times during my stay in Seoul, everything I tried was delicious and I was finally able to try vegan versions of many Korean dishes I has to refrain from before.

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Great all round - Edit

Set in a back alley, this quaint restaurant is easy to miss. But make sure you find this place. Great setting. Great food. Great ambience. Great service.

Pros: Quick and friendly service, Nice decor and seating arrangements

Cons: A little hard to find

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Great traditional Korean vegan food - Edit

I was so happy to stumble upon this restaurant in Insadong.
The menu is full of Korean and Chinese vegan meals and the tofu sundubu was delicious with the right amount of spice for me.
I loved the experience as well - taking off your shoes, sitting on the floor.
Vegan side dishes are also a bonus!

Pros: Reasonable price, Excellent food

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Cozy, affordable, and traditional - Edit

EASY DIRECTIONS
It's a 3 minute walk from Exit 6 of Anguk Station, line 3 (안국역). No taxi or bus needed!

Head down the alley way/ market area right outside Exit 6, keep walking towards Insa Hostel (인사호스텔), and you'll find it!

Pros: Affordable and yummy, Similar to Loving Hut, Savory flavors with lots of side dishes

Cons: Uncomfortable floor seating, Small meat portion

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pretty good - Edit

for 15000krw you can get a pretty huge meal capable of feeding a big person. i had an order of dumplings and an order of the soft tofu in a boiling crock pot. lots of side dishes come unexpectedly with. staff does not care you're there at all. seating is not good for larger people - im in shape at 90 kg.

Pros: portion quantity, speed of delivery

Cons: bad seating, staff

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Quite ok, but a number of dishes contain onion &/or garlic - Edit

The dishes are quite ok in taste, but some dishes can be quite salty. I was recommended by my friends, but maybe because of the good reviews, I felt the food were not as tasty as claimed to be. A number of dishes also have onion and/or garlic.

Pros: Quite a lot of variety

Cons: Can be quite salty

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very good ! - Edit

I went there ince and tried a korean BBQ, the proteinrich food was amazing. Kimchi was awesome too. Almost everything was really tasty. It's not really expensive but not cheap either. The only negative thing i found was that the rice was not really good to eat...

Pros: All vegan, Nice staff

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Best in insadong korea - Edit

We went there 3x and tried most of their food. Thumbs up! Especially the kimchi stew. So authentic and tasty. In singapore can't get any korean food near that standard at all. I missed my korea trip partly because I miss the food there. Will def come back.

Updated from previous review on 2016-10-16

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I highly recommend their pumpkin side dish! - Edit

The secluded area where Oh Se Gae Hyang resides makes me feel like I found a hidden gem. The overall atmosphere of the place feels very homely and traditional, as customers are required to take of their shoes and sit down on the floor. There are numerous plants that adorn the place, and what's even better is that they have a glass ceiling in one spot that allows the sunlight to fall down, so it really has a nature vibe as well!

Their menu offers from Western-style food to Korean cuisine. Our orders were accompanied with a lot of side dishes. I had the tofu bibimbap which is very simple and filling, while my dad had their mushroom and noodle soup. He complimented on how light and flavorful the broth is. We also ordered a small pumpkin side dish topped with a sweet fruity filling and it's probably the sweetest pumpkin I have ever tasted. It's like dessert already!!!

They also offer some vegan merchandise for sale, from veggie seasoning, biscuits to instant noodles.

Would come back to this place for their pumpkin!

Pros: Homely and nature-like atmosphere, Simple and filling foods, BEST PUMPKIN EVER!!!

Cons: Not friendly to people who cannot sit cross-legged

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Yum - Edit

Great vegan restaurant in a convenient spot. Hit up ssamjigil/쌈지길 and go here after. Make sure not to come during 3:30-5; they close temporarily. I ordered the gondreubap with the soybean paste. It was okay; next time I think I'll order the doenjang jigae/soybean paste stew instead.

My sisters ordered the jjampong and the jjajjangmyun. They were fantastic. I haven't had jjampong since I've gone vegan but I tried some of hers and they got the taste down. The jjajjangmyun was nice. It wasn't the best I've had but it was still good. We also ordered the Mandu/dumpling which are deep fried. Also very good. I think you can get these steamed so ask if you're so inclined. This place is a must visit if you're veg/an! I love veganized korean foods and this place hits the spot.

Edit: I've visited a couple more times and have noticed a lot of their dishes are pretty salty and oily. I personally think they sorta go overboard with the "vegetable seasoning". It's still really tasty though!

Updated from previous review on 2016-06-26

Pros: taste , inexpensive , convenient location

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Worth it! - Edit

Really enjoyed our meals at this restaurant. Food comes fast, delicious and the ambiance is good!

We got the sesame noodles and mixed mushroom soup. All great !
Go, you wont regret it.

Pros: food, quick service

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