While there aren’t too many vegan restaurants in Korea, Baru Gongyang–also known as “Balwoo”–is a heaven for vegetarians of Seoul. Baru offers various courses of temple cuisine, ranging from 10 to 17 dishes. Check out the menu here: page 1, page 2/3 and page 4. Watch KWOW episode 120 (below) for the details of each dish:
My best friend and I ordered the 10-dish course Paramita (10 바라밀상). It was more than enough food.
Wild “deodeok” root mixed with seasonal vegetables and pine nut dressing (더덕샐러드 = Deodeok Salad).
Rice of Cirsium Setidens (곤드레밥 = Gondeurae Bap).
Important things to know:
-Reservations are highly recommended as there is limited space.
-Baru serves lunch until 3pm and open again for dinner at 6pm.
-Everyone sharing a table must order the same course.
Address: 5층 71 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-170
110-170 서울시 종로구 견지동 71번지 템플스테
(Located on the 5th floor of Temple Stay Information Center, across the street from the Jogyesa Temple)