Located on the second floor of the Temple Stay Information Center, Samso is an under-appreciated Korean Buddhist temple food restaurant that offers delicious dishes at a bargain. During lunchtime, the restaurant is open for an 8,000 won buffet in addition to the regular menu. For those looking for more authentically Korean dishes, you can try mainstays from the regular menu such as the cheonggukjang (fermented soybean soup) or the lotus-wrapped rice. Of course, if you’re looking for vegan food in Korea, the monks have you covered.
Tip: Although the food is clean and delicious, to be culturally sensitive, don’t gorge yourself. Buddhism is about temperance and self-control.
Note: Upstairs on the 5th floor is for those more gastronomically inclined at the 1 Michelin star, full-course Buddhist temple cuisine restaurant, Balwoo Gongyang.
Buddhist temple food