Baru Gongyang Kong 바루공양 콩
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  • Ambience
    Editor: 30%
  • Food
    Editor: 70%
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  • Value
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The little sister to Baru Gongyang (also spelled puzzlingly "Balwoo") is best known as a lunch stop. It's in the Temple Stay building across from Jogyesa Temple. I used to go there regularly, but the management there was getting increasingly rude and patronizing. After a year, I decided to return. It has changed a lot. It looks like there's a new manager. The great thing is that their famous lunch buffet has gotten more like a temple baru meal ceremony. They give you the traditional four wooden bowls that monks use all stacked inside each other. There's a little guide there to show you which bowl is for which. You load up with your lunch and enjoy. Being that it's a Korean buffet and even more so a Buddhist temple buffet, not finishing your food is frowned upon. Take all you want, but eat all you take. The food is simpler versions of the vegetarian temple cuisine served in the finer dining upstairs venue. But on most days it's filling, tasty, and satisfying. I love the days when they do sweet and sour fried mushrooms. The buffet has expanded a bit, and it feels slightly more sophisticated and authentic. As of this writing, the buffet has gone up in price to W8,000. Make sure to pay in advance.

2014-03-05 13.01.552014-03-05 13.06.32

Location: Insa-dong
Cuisine: Vegetarian Buddhist temple cuisine
Price: $
Reservations: No
Suggested Items: Lunch buffet (Baru Gongyang Sang)

Other Amenities: Some English written and spoken

Phone: 02-2031-2081, 02-733-2081


Templestay Building

71 Gyeonji-dong (56 Ujeongguk-ro), Jongno-gu

2nd floor

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