Seoul Vegetarian Club

Location Change- This Train Bound for CurryTown! by seoulveggieclub
June 18, 2008, 7:52 am
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This weekend we’ve got a meeting scheduled for Indian food in Itaewon. In response to some of your comments, I think we should shift the meeting from Ashoka to Currytown. It’s only a couple blocks away, and it’s apparently quite good, and cheap!

If you already know where 3 Alley is, just start there, go straight down the alley toward the main street, and you’ll see it on your right.

From the subway station, go out Exit 1, and walk past the KFC. There’s an alley leading up to your right. Keep going and take the next alley (follow the link here for map: it’s between #5 and #7). The restaurant is in the alley, on your left.

The time is still 6 o’clock, and the date is still Saturday, June 21st. I hope you can make it! Let me know if you have any questions.


The feedback thread by seoulveggieclub
June 2, 2008, 6:25 am
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Hello all,

I’m doing some brainstorming for upcoming events, and I’d love to hear from you about what you’d like from the club.

Please reply with some suggestions about the following:

— new restaurants you’d like the club to visit

–familiar restaurants you’d like to visit again

–what to do about managing group size, when RSVPs tend to discourage large groups, but no RSVPs can lead to very crowded venues.

–how to improve our club visibility (currently, we’re on Dave’s ESL Cafe, Facebook, a wordpress blog, and we have an email list and an ad in Groove Magazine. Anything else we could be covering?)

–how to offer more to our members, e.g., recipe exchanges, websites, events, ways to be more involved with planning, etc.,

–any other ways to enhance the group, and what you currently like/dislike.

Thanks so much!

Spring Schedule! Picnic Rescheduled by seoulveggieclub
April 24, 2008, 7:15 am
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May and June are rolling in quick– time for a Spring Veggie Club Schedule!

Sunday, May 4th, 2 pm
Dos Tacos has added a new vegetarian option to their menu– a scrumptious avocado-and-refried-bean burrito, which *nearly* beats out my all-time favourite, the potato burrito. Food here is fresh, plentiful, not expensive, and the soft-drink refills are free!
To get to the Hongdae location, walk out of Hongik Station (exit 6), up the hill toward Hongik University. It’s on your right, past the KB Bank, same building as Haagen Daz and the Slow-Food porridge shop.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, May 17th. Ron (the brains AND brain behind this operation) has been campaigning for a “pure” vegetarian place, so let’s go back to Yangjae SM Chinghai for the buffet dinner. For a change, let’s go in the evening, at 6 pm. Latecomers, beware, as they close at 9 pm! Afterwards we can hit Purely Decadent for soy ice cream near Yangjae station.Last time was great because it gave us a chance to switch things up, sit in smaller groups for the ice cream, and basically have the place to ourselves.

By bus: Go out exit 5 of Yangjae Station and bear right; you should come to a bus stop about 1 minute later. Take bus 4430 (Green) and get off at the second bus stop. You will see a Starbucks across the street. Cross the street and walk right, you will see the blue SM Ching Hai sign on your left.

By taxi: Take a taxi at exit 5 of Yangjae Station ask the driver to take you to Samhomulsan (삼호물산); the ride costs about 3,000 won. This will bring you to the bus stop described above, cross the street and go right.

June 1st is the first Sunday of the month. If the weather cooperates, this would be a terrific day for a potluck picnic. Let’s meet at Yongsan Park, near Ichon Station, at 2:00 pm, for a late, leisurely lunch.

At Ichon (이촌 ) station, go out Exit 2. You’ll find yourself walking toward the National Museum of Korea. Yongsan Park is right next to it.

To get to our picnic spot, approach the National Museum and walk to the right around the “reflecting pond.” Keep going toward the “Reflecting Pond Cafe” until you see a small path veering off to the right, toward a grove with two ancient Buddha statues. 



Saturday June 21st, 6 pm
For those of you craving Indian food and wanting to splash a little cash, you can look forward to an exquisite buffet conveniently located at the Hamilton Hotel in Itaewon (line 6), called Ashoka. It was the first Indian restaurant in Seoul (imagine life without curry– that was Seoul before 1988.) It’s all-you-can-eat for 28,000 won (plus some service taxes.) Here’s the website if you’d like to drool over the menu or the decor. Ron is a fan of this place because it’s run by Hindus, who sympathize with our vegetarian beliefs.

March Potluck and April Restaurants! by seoulveggieclub
March 3, 2008, 3:40 am
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I’m pretty excited about these next three meetings. Some old favourites and a promising new one!

March 22nd, 6 pm (I know, this isn’t the 3rd Saturday, but that’s ok. Change is good.) A fabulous potluck at Betsy’s. Her apartment is just luscious, and roomy enough to accommodate a whole pile of us.

Please bring something with you to share. Vegetarian or vegan homemade dishes, fresh fruit or veggies, wine, pop, bread, whatever. There is an oven and a microwave available if anything needs reheating.

Here are the directions:
On foot:
“If at the Hyatt, go to the main intersection and then turn left and go down the hill and you will pass Namsan Gym (most taxi drivers know this place) and the Philips bldg on your left .. soon after the Philips bldg you will see a bunch of cone things in the middle of the road and as soon as they end you will make a left on that street. On that very corner is a bldg called Aimin (not sure what it is but it seems french) and you will go left down that street and at almost the end of that street on the right is mybldg which is #37 Gray House. The doors are open (just look locked) and I live on the 2nd Floor.

By taxi:
If taking a taxi and they don’t know landmark of Namsan Gym then say Hyatt and soon after the Philips bldg get out of the taxi b/c they dont like to make that illegal left into my place. (3-4 mins walk from Philips bldg to my house)
> > > >
If coming from Itaewon and they know it… they they will come from the other direction and go straight up this big hill at the very top of the hill is a traffic light and go right and then they will take an immediate right onto my street (looks sorta alley like) but you will see Aimin bldg on the corner.

By bus:
The bus from Itaewon is in front of the well-being store (and Rocky Mountain Tavern) and its the 0014 and when you get off of that you will be on opposite side of street (Namsam gym stop right after hyatt stop)… then you might remember walk down the street (away from hyatt) and go to next street (after orange cones end) and turn left… I am #37 Gray House, second floor apt. Also, bus 402 stops at Namsan Gym stop too. This bus comes from places like, city hall, sinsa, gangnam etc…

April 6th- La Salsa Loca (now called Casa Loca, but under same management), at Yeouido, at 1:00 pm
review here:
website here, including menu in Korean and English:

This location is a bit out of the way, but everything I hear about this restaurant says it’s worth the trip. Also, we can hit Yeouido park afterwards and kick a soccer ball/throw a frisbee if the weather is nice.

la salsa loca is located near Yeouido Station, Subway Line No.5, Exit No.4. Go straight up 200 meters, turn left at the first traffic light and keep going straight for another 30 meters. It’ll be on your right on the first floor.

April 19th- Petra’s in Itaewon at 6:30 pm
The last meeting here was a huge success. Too huge actually– they ran out of chairs! I’ll try to reserve a bigger table this time.

Subway Directions: From Noksapyeong Station, take the elevator and go up the stairs of the pedestrian overpass. You will see Petra about 50 meters to the right after crossing the street.

If you’re in Itaewon, you can walk to Petra’s. Walk toward Noksapyeong Station (toward McDonald’s and Star Market, etc.,) on the right side of the street. Follow the lane up the hill and around to the right. You’ll see Petra’s on your right when you’ve reached the top of the hill. The door is up the stairs on the left-hand side of the restaurant.

If this doesn’t make sense, you can call the restaurant: 790-4433 for more help.

Last minute reminder! Yangjae SM Chinghai meeting! by seoulveggieclub
March 1, 2008, 1:40 am
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Lunch on Sunday, March 2rd, at 1 o’clock.

As you may know, we’re meeting near Yangjae Station, at SM Chinghai, which serves a vegan buffet. At Yangjae Station, there’s also a soy ice cream shop (Purely Decadent) we can hit afterwards.

Here is my version of the directions:

By bus: Go out exit 5 of Yangjae Station and bear right; you should come to a bus stop about 1 minute later. Take bus 4430 (Green) and get off at the second bus stop. You will see a Starbucks across the street. Cross the street and walk right, you will see the blue SM Ching Hai sign on your left.

By taxi: Take a taxi at exit 5 of Yangjae Station ask the driver to take you to Samhomulsan (삼호물산); the ride costs about 3,000 won. This will bring you to the bus stop described above, cross the street and go right.

Ron, my veggie-deputy, is also on hand to help you get there. He wrote the following on the Facebook page:

I’ll be waiting at Yanjiae Station exit 5 – at the top of the stairs if it’s not raining – from around 12:35 to 12:50 for people not familiar with the buses (it’s a little tricky the first time because there are a lot of bus stiops)

If you want to try it on your own you need to walk all the way down to the NIKE store, and most of the buses right in front of there will get you to the right place (the buse will go to the main intersection, turn right, go over like a bridge and stop at the Paris Bagette – which is almost directly acroos the street from SM Ching hai.

The weather forecast right now for Sunday is fairly mild temperatures but 70% chance of light rain or snow, so I wouldn’t recommend walking (which might take about 30 minutes as opposed to around 7 minutes by bus.)

Taxi might be the most convenient – if you can get the driver to turn right at the intersection and go straight over the bridge – SM Ching hai (02-576-9637) is on the left just before Papa John’s Pizza.

Potlucks come to those that wait… by seoulveggieclub
February 13, 2008, 1:49 pm
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…but sadly, not all of us can wait. Unfortunately, the potluck has been postponed. The venue became unavailable, and because the dinner was scheduled on the same night as the Bjork concert, alternatives were not forthcoming. However, there is another great venue waiting for us to choose another night, and we shall do so.

On the night of the potluck, we were hoping to collect some money on behalf of Animal Welfare Korea. I know we’re the *veggie* club, and not the animal welfare club, but often our interests overlap, so Ron and I wanted to let you know about a shelter in Daejeon which been given a deadline (February 29th) by the Daejeon City Council, after which the current group of dogs must be destroyed.

Because our next meeting is beyond the deadline, I wanted to give people a chance to offer help, so I’m going to send out the bank transfer details for those wishing to assist. Tim also sent a bunch of youtube to help people find out more about what they do.

Please check out the links and consider giving this shelter some aid in their fine work.

We are applying to Daejeon council this week for an extension to the 29 Feb deadline, if we receive that then it won’t be too late to do some fundraising at your following Veggie Club dinner. Fingers crossed council are amenable to the request (which, I imagine, will depend upon whether they are satisfied with the rate at which the number of dogs is falling…)  I have no idea what our chances are re this, we will just have to wait and see.
In addition to the information Annie has already relayed to you there are some videos you can access too (and send to Amy), links are below. The first is the shelter in June last year, the second was taken a few weeks ago and the third was also taken a few weeks ago by a local Daejeon internet news agency.
In relation to donations, my personal opinion is that it is better for people to donate directly to Dr Lee’s clinic in Daejeon (the Royal Animal Clinic) which does most of the vet work for the rescue dogs from the shelter. That way people can have a greater degree of confidence that their money is going directly toward assisting the dogs. You can also call Dr Lee’s fiancee Hyunjoo on 011 805 4433 and she can confirm the arrangements and the work that has been done by the clinic for the dogs so far. (Dr Lee is also featured in the third video above). If you have friends who can speak Korean they can also call Dr Lee directly at the clinic on 042 476 7585 or his mobile 017 655 8720
Dr Lee’s account details are:
Kookmin Bank
Acc  No     501 21 1081 713
Acc Name Lee Gi Sung

Events in February and March by seoulveggieclub
January 23, 2008, 6:58 am
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January went by with only one event, regrettably, and I don’t have an excuse. I’m going to be out of the country for some of February, so I’m going to plan the next three right now, just to be safe.

The first Sunday of February
Feb. 3rd, 1 pm
Lunch at Taj Palace, Itaewon

Cost: around 13,000

This place has hosted us so graciously in the past. They have enough room for a huge turn-out, and even though not all of their buffet is vegetarian, they have brought extra vegetarian and vegan dishes, even free lassis to the table.

If you’re starting at the subway station, take Exit #3 and walk straight out until you get to the first intersection. You’ll pass a Starbucks and a KB Bank. Turn right, and the Taj Palace is on your right, on the 2nd floor.

The third Saturday of February
Feb. 16th, 5:00 pm
Potluck dinner at Lisa’s

Cost: Free! If you’re a good cook, make a dish to share. If you’re not so good at cooking, bring fresh fruit or beverages. Lisa’s place is very spacious and comfortable, and she’s got a crazy French Canadian werewolf-themed game to teach us too.

Directions to Lisa’s house:

Jangji Station (pink line (#8) exit 2)
walk straight.
On your left, there’s a footpath.. turn left onto the footpath
turn right at the street
keep walking until the first intersection
turn left there
walk all the way down until the end of the road
walk, walk, walk, don’t give up
go through the gate into AiCorea

once in AiCorea, walk straight and take the road that curves to the left
you’ll see a building called sarang (love)
top floor
door is on your right

The first Sunday of March
March 2nd, 1 pm
Lunch at SM Chinghai, Yangjae

Cost: 13,000 won
Elaborate, totally vegan buffet and they sell lots of vegetarian faux meats and some “Amy’s” products…

By bus: Go out exit 5 of Yangjae Station and bear right; you should come to a bus stop about 1 minute later. Take bus 4430 (Green) and get off at the second bus stop. You will see a Starbucks across the street. Cross the street and walk right, you will see the blue SM Ching Hai sign on your left.

By taxi: Take a taxi at exit 5 of Yangjae Station ask the driver to take you to Samhomulsan (삼호물산); the ride costs about 3,000 won. This will bring you to the bus stop described above, cross the street and go right.