Traditional Buddhist Cuisine in Historic Central Seoul

Balwoo Gongyang


Balwoo Gongyang is run by the Korean Buddhism Foundation and is a special place where you can taste traditional temple cuisine. ‘Balwoo’ refers to the bowl the monks use, and ‘Gonyang’ means eating. Together Balwoo Gonyang signifies the dining method of Buddhist monks. The Buddhist scriptures state that eating is also part of training: that is why there are so many strict manners and rules when it comes to Buddhist cuisine. Temple cuisine should follow two main principles: first, all food should be made from vegan ingredients and second, all types of onions, chives, and garlic cannot be used as their strong flavor can disturb the mind. All the dishes served at Balwoo Gongyang follow traditional Buddhist recipes and are prepared with seasonal greens that will keep your mind and body healthy.

Price List

Seon (Meditation) Course (선식) 30,000 won
Won (Vow) Course (원식) 45,000 won
Maeum (Mind) Course (마음식) 65,000 won
Hee (Joy) Course (희식) 95,000 won
Gamsikcho (감식초) 7,000 won
Omija Tea (오미자차) 7,000 won
Song Tea (송차) 20,000 won
Saengmaeksan (생맥산) 8,000 won
Jaehotang (재호탕) 10,000 won
Songhwamilsu (송화밀수) 10,000 won


Company NameBalwoo Gongyang (발우공양)
Category Food, Drink & Nightlife Others
Languages Available English Japanese
Opening Hours11:30 - 21:30 (Break Time: 15:00 - 18:00)
Closed DaysSundays, Lunar New Year, and Chuseok
ReservationsReservations are highly recommended

56 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea 56

Take Line 3 to Anguk Station and go out Exit 6. -> Walk straight about 60 meters then turn left at the GS25. -> Walk straight for about 150m until you reach the Temple Stay Combined Information Center on your left. Balwoo Gongyang is on the 5th Floor.

Take Line 1 to Jonggak Station and go out Exit 3-1, -> Walk straight about 300m until you reach the Temple Stay Combined Information Center on your right. Balwoo Gongyang is on the 5th Floor.

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