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Baru Gongyang

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Korean, Asian, Vegetarian
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5F TempleStay Bldg. 71 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170, South Korea
02-2031-2081
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11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 24
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  • 17
    Very good
  • 8
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  • 1
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good vegetarian food

Good vegetarian food is hard to find in Seoul. This place was very good. We went to the restaurant on the second floor and tried 3 of their dishes. We were very happy with everything and the prices were a good value. The only issues for some people may be the complete lack of English, if you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 19, 2015
Stodds73
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Riverside, CA
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This is on the 5th floor of the building across the street from the Jogyesa Temple. Everything is vegetarian, and the restaurant is run by the Buddhist monks. I am not a vegetarian but this food was really good. I ordered the 10-course meal, and most everything was great.

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Yokohama, Japan
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47 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

i ate here twice, one time spring, last year, and this year, autumn, oct. i feel that no much change on foods.Of course , some are yummy, but as i 99% vegan, i ate quite lot meals among Korea , and not only Seoul. Price is a bit cheaper or quite same at Sanchon,another temple dish in insadong. If you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Good vegetarian food is hard to find in Seoul. This place was very good. We went to the restaurant on the second floor and tried 3 of their dishes. We were very happy with everything and the prices were a good value. The only issues for some people may be the complete lack of English, if you can't at least... More 

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Thank Stodds73
Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I highly recommend this restaurant for vegetarians. I came alone for lunch without a reservation (not sure how to make a reservation) and it was no problem. My plan was to go to the second floor if I could not eat at the fancier fifth floor. I went for the 12 course menu at 39600 Won. The more expensive menus... More 

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San Francisco, California
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75 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This was some of the best, most varied and most interesting vegetarian food I've ever had! It's a prefix and pretty pricey, but well worth it for the variety and creativity of the dishes. Make sure you go hungry! I also went to Sanchon. They are similar in price and style but I really recommend both (particularly in you are... More 

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Thank CatM211
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The food at Baru is one of the best I have ever tasted- meticulously prepared, fresh, colorful and absolutely delicious, a real treat for all the senses. Whereas I tend to find some Korean dishes a bit too spicy for my liking, the food at Baru is seasoned perfectly. The kimchi was incredibly juicy and fresh, I'd have never thought... More 

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Bangkok
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138 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We arrived on 5th floor and immediately love the calm atmosphere. The set menu by course from 10 courses and more. We had to decide one menu for all. The food was very outstanding and we loved each and every course. It was with right balance and combination. We shall return again.

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Porto Alegre, RS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

You have to make reservation on the fifth floor, where you sit comfortably on the ground and tate a vegetarian degustation menu of 10 or more plates. It is open for lunch. I felt the rhythm of serving a bit fast. The highlight was Sansam a 4 year-old ginseng from Jiri Mountain served with citron sauce

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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258 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

After several days of eating street food in Seoul we decided to splurge on a restaurant for dinner. This restaurant was a great choice and exceeded all expectations. Located upstairs on the 5th floor of a bland office-style building (the site of the Temple home stay) it is a little difficult to find. One ascends by elevator and is surprised... More 

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jakarta
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46 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

Went with hubby n boy last month. Arrived ard 2 pm, was told they are closing at 3.30pm. No issue, we are fast eater. Ordered the 10 course set. Food is really average, some tasteless, but maybe this is how vegetarian food. Once is enough for the experience. Good service though.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5F TempleStay Bldg. 71 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170, South Korea
  • Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Insadong
  • Neighborhood: Insadong
  • Phone Number: 02-2031-2081

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Korean, Asian, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Monday
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Tuesday
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Wednesday
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Thursday
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Friday
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Saturday
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

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Staying in Insadong

Neighborhood Profile
Insadong
Nestled between Jongno and Samcheongdong, this small neighborhood offers a crash course in various aspects of Korean culture. Rows of shops display traditional Korean goods such as pottery and earthenware, crafts, fans, and more, making it a popular spot for souvenir shopping. The Ssamziegil shopping complex in particular has become a local institution for its unique spiral layout and the many boutique shops inside that sell handmade crafts and goods. This is the perfect neighborhood to sample a range of Korean dishes, with vegetarian Korean temple cuisine restaurants being a popular draw, but street food carts are just as famous. As a top tourist destination, crowds can swell, particularly on weekends, but you can find some rest and respite in one of the private art galleries or grab a cup of Korean tea in a tea house – many of which are located in beautifully renovated traditional Korean homes.
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