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"Temple food" that Purifies Body and Mind

Temple Food Attracts People with Plain Taste and the clearing Taste of People's Mind.

Buddhist monks distinguish temple food from secular food.   The temple food includes wild greens, roots of tree and plant, fruits, barks of a tree, seaweeds, grains and etc.   The cooking method is simple but carefully instructed to retains natural tastes of food.

The main characteristic of temple food is simple and keeping the plain taste of natural food, mainly wild greens.   Temple food is especially admired to modern people who are tired of many adult diseases caused by high cholesterol level from fast food, meat and chemical spice.

There are more kinds of temple food besides wild green.   There are several restrictive rules for temple food.   First, no chemical spices and antiseptic should be added to their food, for example the spices that have flavors of meat, garlic, pickled sea food and other similar flavors.   Second, the taste shouldn't be salty and spicy but simple and soft.   And if the food is to be spiced, it should be spiced in order of sweet, salty, vinegar, and soy and bean paste.   The reason is to keep the taste of vegetables.   Third, each meal should be prepared with fresh material and ingredient.   These restrictions for food are set for monks to be able to keep clean and pure mind as they meditate.

Each temple reserve food for winter from December.   These reserved food are mainly Kimchi, fried kelp, dried slices of radish and etc.   These can be fermented and kept for a long time.   The best way to try temple food is probably to go to a temple.   However, it is not easy to do so even though it provides opportunity to discover some of the temple culture.   Another way is to find restaurants that have fresh and natural wild greens.   


It is a restaurant owned by a man who used be a monk.   It has temple food which is cooked in the same method as in temple.   This place allows you to taste real temple food without going to a real temple.   It even uses same silver wares and dishes as temple's

Opening hours 12:00~22:00
How to get there go about 100m toward Anguk-dong from Insa-dong intersection.   It is located at the end of the alley of Sejong Art Gallery.
Tel 02-735-1900

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