Eating Korean Vegetarian Food – 3 Course Buddhist Meal in Seoul, Korea


Come join us for a 3 Course Buddhist Meal in Seoul, Korea as we try eating Korean Vegetarian Food for the first time on this trip. Normally, we eat Korean Food we have some kind of meat or seafood with lots of spices and seasonings so it was fascinating to try something a bit different.
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To kick things off we visited the War Memorial of Korea (전쟁기념관) located in the Yongsan district of Seoul. This massive museum, built on former military headquarters, focuses on the military history of Korea with a goal to educate future generations to prevent future conflicts with a goal eventual reunification of the Korean peninsula. The museum features an impressive 13,000 items and would take a half-day to properly explore; however, during our brief visit, we enjoyed getting up close to former military equipment and vehicles as well as the interactive displays highlighting the Korean War.
For dinner we ate at a Korean Monastic Cuisine Restaurant called Balwoo Gongyang (발우공양). Our three-course meal consisted of beautifully presented small sample sizes of various bite-sized vegetarian and vegan Korean food items. Many items had very little salt or seasoning and it certainly wasn’t a typically spicy Korean meal. We enjoyed certain dishes more than others; however, it was great to experience a different side of Korean cuisine.
Thanks to KTO for making this trip possible.
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Eating Korean Vegetarian Food – 3 Course Buddhist Meal in Seoul, Korea:
Hey guys! We are Samuel and Audrey, a vlogging travel couple from Canada. In this travel channel we share our travel and food vlogs while touring the world.
Our most recent trip was to South Korea where I embarked upon a two-week adventure without Audrey. Invited as part of a YouTube vlogging trip, organized by KTO, I spent the first week traveling with other YouTubers in Seoul, Busan and Gyeongju. My second week included independent exploration of Korea with my good friend and fellow YouTuber David of DavidsBeenHere.
Having lived and traveled in South Korea, the chance to return to one of my favorite countries was one of the biggest surprises of 2019. On this particular trip, I had an opportunity to do many things I had not previously covered including a visit to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone between South Korea and North Korea), a Buddhist Temple Stay and a Korean cooking class. It was almost as if the program designed by KTO knew exactly what I had missed out on before.
Obviously, a huge highlight from the two weeks I spent revisiting Korea was the food. I feasted on all of my favorite Korean dishes including Korean barbecue, dolsot bibimbap, haemul pajeon, tteokbokki, bulgogi, kimbap and many others. I can honestly say that Korean food is world-class and is one of my top 5 favorite cuisines in the world. Aside from trying familiar dishes, I had the opportunity to sample raw Korean seafood for the first time.
While visiting Seoul, highlights included going to Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namsan Seoul Tower, Jogyesa Temple and Hongdae. As one of the biggest cities in the world, I barely scratched the surface of things to do in Seoul.
Spending extended time in Busan was my favorite part about the trip with top highlights including a Korean temple stay, fresh fish markets and a Korean baseball game. It was from Busan that we ended up taking a day-trip to Daegu where we enjoyed a traditional Korean market and tried Galbi-Jjim for the first time.
If you want to see more videos from Korea in the future, let us know in the comments what places you’d like us to travel to and what food experiences you’d like to see on this travel channel.
Have you traveled to South Korea before? What was your experience like? Please share your Korea travel tips, advice and experiences in the comments below.
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  1. Please help me. I am vegetarian and I am travelling to Soeul in October. The problem is I can't read and speak Korean…

  2. How come I missed this video? Watched yellow production and noticed that I didn't see that in your channel

  3. Interesting, honestly, I am not so much into vegetarian food; nonetheless, Korean monastic cuisine looks quite refined!

  4. 사실대로알려야지..어느절에서 저런음식을먹는지듣보잡한음식을불교음식이라하고불교음식에 에피타이저,후식…이제서양흉내 안내도될만큼우리나라도국격이…있는그대로보여주면 저사람들더좋아할것 입니다..저런요리만들어서 절밥이라고 하는사람 얼굴한번보고싶네요

  5. Sam and David, another awesome video. South Korea is colorful. I am not a vegetarian, but the food looks beautiful. Keep your amazing videos coming! Thank you!!!

  6. Thank you for reviewing vegetarian food 🙂 I’m going to Korea in May next year and hope to survive haha

  7. Ha ha.. overheard you on the Yellow Productions video. Now I overhear him on your video. Interesting to see the same event from different people's viewpoints.

  8. Maybe they were going for "subtle" [not bland]. Too bad you couldn't have tried the mild flavored dishes first to see how you liked them before moving on to the stronger flavored ones. It is kind of hard to appreciate clean tastes when your mouth is still tasting strong flavors from the previous food you just ate.

    Similarly, if you are ever buying a water purifier, you ALWAYS should want to taste the purified water first before comparing it to other water/municipal water which will have the chlorine smell and taste. If you taste the town water first, the after taste will carry over and mix with the clean water so the taste of the purified water won't be nearly as clean tasting as it would if you'd started with it in the first place.

  9. Wow! It's interesting to see how the Korea prepared vegetarian meals. Don't mean to put you in the spot but Indian vegetarian food is better right??☺

  10. Sam…You and David opening up the Koreas….Exellent….I still miss your gorgeouse wife Audrey though….xxx

  11. Hey Sam, so you talk too much in Audrey's absence! 🙂 🙂 Keep it up boy! Vegetarian food is the best to avoid non-communicable diseases.

  12. Wow, even though the Buddhist meal wasn't so flavorful for you guys, it looks pretty amazing! I love vegetarian meals, so this one looks like it's right up my alley. And you guys' trip to the war museum was so interesting. I know exactly what you mean – even when I have hours to explore museums, it's still rarely enough time because I always want to see everything!

  13. i think you are one of the happiest person in the world. because you have experienced various foods and culture all over the world.

  14. Reminds me of a wondrous Asian/Buddhist ex-restaurant in Waterloo (Ontario). Sigh… Such purity in their dishes… Hard to describe.

  15. oh my gosh sam your melting and my husband was listening and he said after you said you were going to eat a vegi meal to eat something before you get there well that's my old man!!

  16. Finally a vegetarian food review for the vegetarians to enjoy! Thanks for this.. I encourage you to do more! Great video but definitely miss Audrey's presence 🙂

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