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Baru Gongyang

Korean, 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

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
Temple food in serene surroundings

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 14, 2015
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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127 reviews 127 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

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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Netherlands
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166 restaurant reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

N37°34.438' E126°58.992' On the fifth floor in the Temple stay Centre overlooking Jogyesa temple, this is quite simply one of the best places to eat in Seoul, particularly for vegetarians. For less fancy buffet or noodle and rice dishes go the other kitchen on the second floor. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful and oozes culinary tradition. From the... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Lunch here was my finest meal in Seoul and one of the few that I didn't have to worry about at all since the restaurant only serves vegetarian cuisine. I ate at the 5th floor restaurant in the early afternoon, not the 2nd floor restaurant in the same building, which I think has less expensive options. The menu I could... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Great vegetarian food, so delicious and so much variety. There were so many flavour combinations that I would never think of and I will try to use as inspiration.

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Branson, Missouri
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My husband and I visited Baru for a late lunch after visiting Jogyesa Temple with our Korean friend, Mee-Kang. It was her idea to come here; although, I had it on my list of restaurants I wished to visit. Mee-Kang is a vegetarian; and although my husband and I are not, we enjoy vegetarian cuisine, and were really exited to... More 

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Washington, DC
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158 reviews 158 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at the Baru Gongyang -- course after course of delicious foods, each beautifully presented. I also appreciated the servers, who made sure I knew what each dish was, even though I don't speak Korean.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

As a 'lifelong' vegan I was really looking forward to eating here, and I suppose I had an idealised view on what the people who work at a temple stay restaurant would be like. I had gone, without a reservation true, to enquire if it would be possible to make a booking. The lady in the restraunt saw me entering... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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251 reviews 251 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is one of the hallmarks of the vegetarian cuisine in Seoul. It's located on the 5th floor of the Templestay building, in front of the Jogyesa temple. It offers a lunch buffet as well as a menu set. For dinner there's a choice of three menu sets, with 12, 15 or 17 respectively. We ordered the middle one and... More 

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North Yorkshire
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Having struggled to find vegetarian food in Seoul, as everything seems to have meat or fish in it, we were very excited to get in here to experience true South Korean Buddhist food. What a disappointment. Ok, so we have a western palate, but we consider ourselves well eaten around the world & we'll give most things a go, but... More 

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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
  • Phone Number: 02-2031-2081

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Korean, Vegetarian
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?