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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 “bean meat” products for your own first-time taste test, or to get in touch with other like-minded animal lovers or activists, 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.
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:
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 category has developed: 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.
For a broad picture of the differences, explore a couple of brief video clips, each from these excellent YouTube channels.
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?”
Watch three of the most influential movies this century:
More recently a whole new set has added to the genre:
WFPB: What the Health (2017), made by the same directors as Cowspiracy.
Vegan: Lucent (2014), similar footage to that in Earthlings, but filmed in Australia,
Vegan: Dominion (2018), similar to Lucent but in high definition, and making use of drone footage.
WFPB, vegan, & climate: Food Choices (2016).