Daegwallyoung Sheep Farm
I had the opportunity to visit a sheep farm near Pyeongchang – where the Olympics will be held in 2018 – which is a lovely town in the east side of South Korea.
I usually don’t visit places with animals for viewing purposes (other than a sanctuary), but this time, I made an exception because I wanted to see the quality of animal welfare in Korea. And my two cousins reassured me this place was quite ethical (which I could tell by the decent price of the ticket, as well as the hygiene of the farm).
In general, I was just hoping that everything I experienced here was not too far from being vegan-friendly.
Firstly, we stopped by the baby sheep. We had an opportunity to feed them some grass and herbs for $3. You could see that they were very gentle, (in fact, both the sheep and the visitors) and they enjoyed each other’s company. They were really adorable, and I also got to feed some of them.
Until now, I could see that the lives of the baby sheep were more or less content, but I had no idea what their future would hold. I couldn’t imagine, and I was too afraid to ask the people working there.
After walking up the hill, we saw some ponies, one goat, and a few cows. Strangely, the cows’ behaviour was quite different from that of the sheep and I felt that their hygiene was rather poor. It seemed like they were not very well taken care of. (E.g. there were flies, and feces around them.)
After passing another hill, I came across two horses. These were the most affectionate animals I had seen in my life. I could tell they were lonely and needed some affection because as soon as I approached them, they did not want to leave by my side.
It was a short visit, and I did not want to stay too long, as I was afraid it would get me brainwashed. To sum it up, it was a day of mixed feelings and debating myself, and I could not come to a conclusion whether this farm should be supported or not. I would appreciate very much if you could leave your comments and share your thoughts on this one!
Nandana Bakery for a snack….
After this visit, we drove a little bit to visit Odaesan Woljeongsa, a famous temple. Usually, temples are pretty vegan-friendly, so I was hoping to find something good there. Also, it was really convenient that the temple was near the sheep farm!
It was truly a lovely vegan experience I had outside the capital, and I really appreciated my time here. Discovering the Nandana bakery was definitely the most serendipitous moment! This itinerary is not the easiest to make, but small towns in Korea are definitely worth checking out, especially if you are one of those who thrive to be away from the big city!