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Whether you’re new to South Korea, a “lifer,” or Korean and curious about the great and growing international well-being trend of whole foods, plant-based eating or veganism, welcome!

A common comment from visitors and newbies to South Korea is “it’s too hard” to find fully animal-free food options.

Yes, it can be more difficult than living in other countries and food cultures. But many things about living or travelling here are often easier than they first appear.

The aim of this site is to help make sure veggie-centric eating and living in South Korea is easy for you.

This is a one-stop shop for all the most useful bites and chunks of tasty online information about both the whole food, plant-based diet and the vegan lifestyle in Korea.

So if you’re visiting the country for the first time and want to find the nearest restaurant, you want to sample some of those “fake” or bean meat products for your own first-time taste test, or to get in touch with other like-minded animal lovers, feel free to bookmark the link, and, please let us know by email at the address below if there’s anything more that would be helpful for you.


But, wait!
FAQ 1: What’s the difference between
being “plant-based” and “the vegan lifestyle”?!

The whole foods, plant-based diet (hereafter WFPB) is primarily (but not exclusively) about healthy eating, whereas the vegan lifestyle is about avoiding all forms of animal exploitation, not just in food, for example avoiding wearing leather. Also, a vegan diet is not necessarily healthy, as this brief video highlights in extremely clear and studied detail:

WFPB Vs Vegan

So, a WFPB diet and foods eaten by people following a vegan lifestyle are not necessarily the same thing at all; however, they often do overlap and intersect. Also, many advocates of both groups, whether medical doctors, athletes, or activists, work hard for the health and well-being of both human and other animals alike.

Mike explains in a brief five minute video clip, here:


But wait, there’s even more!
Recently, a third important subset has arisen, perhaps known as the climate vegetarian. This newest group might eat like either version of vegetarian (WFPB or vegan), but take as their primary ethical motivation the environmental impacts of industrial animal agriculture.

Introductory Media

For a broad picture of the differences, explore a couple of brief video clips, each from these excellent YouTube channels.

WFPB: NutritionFacts.org
Vegan: Bite Size Vegan

Even more recently and more briefly, Bill Nye the science guy recognized the impact eating animals has on the environment, in particular including the atmosphere.

Climate Veggie”… Go Vegan to Stop Global Warming?

Still interested in getting into the difference between these types of veggie-centrism?
Watch three of the most influential movies of the past decade:

WFPB: Forks Over Knives (2011)
Vegan: Earthlings (2005)
Climate Vegetarian: Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

They are by no means the only films that have changed many lives by clearly explaining the wider issues. More recently, the classic three above have been added to:

WFPB: What the Health (2017), made by the same directors as Cowspiracy.
Vegan: Lucent (2014), filmed in Australia.
WFPB, vegan, & climate: Food Choices (2016).