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Whether you’re new to South Korea, a long-termer, 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 that it’s too hard to find 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 appears at first taste.

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


Fallafel. See: Kebab Plus.

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

But wait:
What’s the difference between
a “whole foods plant-based diet” and “the vegan lifestyle”?!

The whole foods, plant-based diet (hereafter WFPB) is about healthy eating, whereas the vegan lifestyle is about avoiding all forms of animal exploitation, not just in food, (for example, avoiding wearing leather); and, 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, to some extent at least. 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.

For people who are motivated by both health AND “ethical” thoughts for the animals, the question of the label chosen for themselves becomes a question of identity: Some want to be aligned in solidarity with those standing for the moral imperative of saving animals from industrial animal agriculture (previously known as “farming” and the slaughterhouse). Some recognize that modern Western industrial capitalist consumers respond better to concerns for their own health, so they promote the numerous, scientifically oft-proven health benefits of the WFPB approach.

Mike from Mic the Vegan explains clearly and in more detail in a brief five minute video clip, here:


But wait; there’s more!
Recently, a third important subset has arisen, perhaps known as the “climate vegetarian.” This new and important amorphous 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

If you don’t have the time to watch a whole feature-length film, then perhaps the quickest way to gain a broad brushstrokes picture of the differences of the two earlier strands of veggie eating is to explore a couple of brief video clips, each from these exceptionally 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?

If you do have a few hours more, then perhaps the most effective way to clarify the differences is to 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 found the mark in explaining the wider issues. More recently, the classic three above have been added to by a powerful new set including many more than these three here listed:

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