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Baru Gongyang

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Insadong
Asian, 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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Monastic Buddhist Restaurant

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Porto Alegre, RS
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Baru Gongyang

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

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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: Asian, 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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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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