BALwOO GONGyANG 56, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 02-2031-2081 Korean, Korean temple cuisine (course Menu) Subway line 1, Jonggak. Exit 3-1, 350m, 6min walk Keeping true to this Buddhist principle, Balwoo Gongyang serves vegetarian dishes excluding the use of the five forbidden pun- gent roots: onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, and chives from its recipes. As it is managed by the largest Buddhist order in Korea, the res- taurant’s strongest suit is that Buddhist values are strictly kept. The name of the restaurant ‘Balwoo Gongyang’ refers to the method of which monastery meals are consumed by the monks. The verses seen from the tables invite guest to engage their mind and soul with the restaurant and its Buddhist principles. One such visible verse reads, ’Eat food at its time, at its season, with no preference or in excess, and restrain from eating meat. Like the name, the restaurant provides an experience of the simple and plain, but deep culture of Buddhism. The restaurant’s design, which also merits attention, was created by one of Korea’s finest architects, ‘Seung, H-Sang. Be sure to make reservations days in advance, as it is required. 6


S e o u l Gosang is the perfect place for a bite after visit- ing Gwanghwamun or Gyeongbokgung Palace. Although the surrounding area is full of new trendy restaurants, Gosang stands out for its exquisite cuisine. In Korea, there is a tradition called ‘Sanggyeunrae’, arranging a meeting between the families of the bride and groom before their marriage. While quiet graceful restaurants are preferred for this traditional meeting, Gosang is currently the ‘hot spot’ for such meetings. The owner’s personal experi- ences have influenced the philosophy of the restaurant: ‘Food is the best medicine.’ This is GOSANG portrayed in his neat clean presentation of tra- ditional dishes. Fans of the Korean drama ‘Dae Jang Geum’ will be able to experience dishes 26, Eulji-ro 5-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul resembling those of the Surasang (royal table). 02-6030-8955 Along with the course menu where you can Korean Korean temple cuisine (course experience the essence of Korean vegetarian Menu) cuisine, single dishes are also available for those Subway line 1, Jonggak. Exit 4, 380m, who want just a taste of Gosang’s finest. 6min walk 7

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