Seoul, South Korea

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Vegan Korean

Korean Temple cuisine served in set menus. Lunch and dinner are served, with over a dozen courses presented.

Reservations are strongly recommended.

Sanchon can serve strict temple cooking with advance warnings given (no garlic, onions, peppers, etc). Dinner comes with a live musical performance.

Added by inah on Dec 31 04 (last updated Oct 25 13)

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We visited the restaurant for dinner while in Seoul in Aug 2010. It is a fixed course vegan meal, you just sit down, and food starts to come. Nice place right in the heart of the Insadong area. It is about mid way between the two ends of Insadong Street. In Aug 2010, Sanchon had a type of "health food store" right on Insadong - and the sign said temple food. To get to the restaurant, you followed the little alley right next to the health food store all the way back. The food is very good, and you get many courses. There is also live entertainment on certain nights. We did not ever go for lunch, but the lunch prices were lower (so that is a good choice if you want to experience this place, but don't want to spend about 34,000WON on dinner - I think lunch was about 22,000WON).

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Excellent. Grilled the owner, and the entire place is free of any anchovy broth, meat, and dairy.

Come hungry, because the wave after wave of food automatically sent to the table will be a little intimidating.

Lunch on a Saturday was pleasant, and we had no trouble getting in as a walk-in. There is a specific order to how the dishes are to be eaten. The waitresses will urge you to eat them in the most healthful and delicious order and combination. The first items are typically a porridge and a mulkimchi (white turnips in a cold salty broth) that are supposed to be eaten together.

The dessert was fantastic: light, grease-less fried rice puffs. They were almost as good as my grandmother's.

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Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station line No.1,3 and 5, Exit 5. Walk towards Insadong Street

They have a stand on a corner on the main street. Turn into that alley, and follow the twists all the way to the end.

Accepts Reservations


$$$ - expensive


  • Korean


  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Live Music


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