Samso – Seoulistic


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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.

Operating Hours:
Mon-Sat 11:30am-8:30pm (break time 3pm-5pm), Sun 11:30am-3pm
8,000 won
Phone Number:
71, Gyeonji-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Subway Station:
Anguk Station (Line 3)
What to order:

Buddhist temple food

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.