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Famous Authors from South Korea

List of the most popular authors from South Korea, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous South Korean authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable South Korean writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List is made up of a variety of authors, including Kim Young-sam and Hongkun Park.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from South Korea?" and "Who are the best South Korean authors?"

For further information on these historic South Korean authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated South Korean authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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  • 1
    Batman: Hush, Gen 13

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Birthdate1964-08-11

    NationalitySouth Korea, United States of America

    Jim Lee (Korean 이용철; born August 11, 1964) is a Korean American comic-book artist, writer, editor, and publisher. He is currently the Co-Publisher and Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics. In  ...more
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    Korea reborn, To build a nation

    BirthplaceGumi, South Korea

    Birthdate1917-11-14

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Park Chung-hee (Korean: 박정희; Hanja: 朴正熙; 14 November 1917 – 26 October 1979) was a South Korean politician and general who served as the President of South Korea from 1963 until his assassination in  ...more
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  • 3
    The prophet and other stories, Your paradise

    BirthplaceJangheung County

    Birthdate1939-08-09

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Yi Chong-jun (this is the preferred Romanization per LTI Korea) was a prominent South Korean novelist. Throughout his four decade-long career, Lee wrote more than 100 short stories and 13 novels. He  ...more
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    Soon-Tek Oh (Korean: 오순택, Oh Sun-taek – also spelled as Soon-Taek Oh or Soon-Taik Oh or Soon-Teck Oh; June 29, 1932 – April 4, 2018) was a Korean-American actor best known for the voice of Fa Zhou in  ...more
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  • 5
    Deep blue night

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Birthdate1945-10-17

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Choi In-ho (17 October 1945 – 25 September 2013) was a South Korean writer.  ...more
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  • 6
    Seoul-1964-winter

    BirthplaceOsaka, Japan

    Birthdate1941-12-23

    NationalitySouth Korea, Japan

    Kim Seungok (The romanization preferred by the author according to LTI Korea) (born December 1941) is a South Korean novelist and screenwriter.  ...more
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    In the name of justice and peace, Mass-participatory economy

    BirthplaceHauido, Sinan County, South Jeolla

    Birthdate1925-12-03

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Dae-jung, or Kim Dae Jung (Korean pronunciation: [kim.dɛ.dʑuŋ]; 6 January 1924 – 18 August 2009), was a South Korean politician who served as President of South Korea from 1998 to 2003. He was a  ...more
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  • 8
    Neutrality as influenced by the United States, The spirit of independence

    BirthplaceHaeju, North Korea

    Birthdate1875-03-26

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Syngman Rhee (Korean: 이승만, pronounced [i.sɯŋ.man]; 26 March 1875 – 19 July 1965) was a South Korean politician who served as the first President of South Korea from 1948 to 1960. Rhee was the first  ...more
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  • 9
    I have the right to destroy myself

    BirthplaceHwacheon County

    Birthdate1968-11-11

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Young-ha is a modern South Korean writer.  ...more
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  • 10
    Our Twisted Hero, The poet

    BirthplaceCheongun-dong, Jongno District, South Korea

    Birthdate1948-05-18

    NationalitySouth Korea, Korean Empire

    Yi Mun-yol (born May 18, 1948) is a South Korean writer.  ...more
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  • 11
    Land, The curse of Kim's daughters

    BirthplaceTongyeong, South Korea

    Birthdate1926

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Pak Kyongni (December 2, 1926 – May 5, 2008) was a prominent South Korean novelist. She was born in Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, and later lived in Wonju Gangwon Province. Pak made her  ...more
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    Playing with fire, The land of the banished

    BirthplaceSouth Korea, East Asia, Suncheon, Asia, Jeollanam-do

    Birthdate1943

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Jo Jung-Rae (Hangul: 조정래; Hanja: 趙廷來) is a novelist from South Korea, who is the author of the best selling novels Taebaek Mountain Range, Arirang, and Han River'  ...more
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  • 13
    Gold rush

    BirthplaceYokohama, Japan

    Birthdate1968-06-22

    NationalitySouth Korea, Japan

    Yu Miri (born June 22, 1968) is a Zainichi Korean playwright, novelist, and essayist. Yu writes in Japanese, her native language, but is a citizen of South Korea. Yu was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa  ...more
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  • 14
    There a petal silently falls

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Birthdate1953

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Ch'oe Hyon-mu (born 1953), better known by her pen name Ch'oe Yun (This is the author's preferred Romanization per LTI Korea) is a South Korean writer and professor of French literature.  ...more
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  • 15
    Silver Stallion, White badge

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Birthdate1941-12-02

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Ahn Junghyo (This is the author's preferred Romanization per LTI Korea) is a South Korean novelist and literary translator.  ...more
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  • 16
    Wastelands of fire, A Korean century

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Birthdate1919

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Ku Sang (born and died in Seoul; September 16, 1919 - May 11, 2004) was a Korean poet, considered one of Korea's most respected and trusted poets.  ...more
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  • 17
    Maundy Thursday

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Birthdate1963-01-31

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Gong Ji-young (the romanization preferred by the author according to LTI Korea; 공지영; born January 31, 1963) is a South Korean novelist.  ...more
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  • 18
    Korea's quest for reform & globalization

    BirthplaceGeojedo, South Korea

    Birthdate1927-12-20

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Young-sam (Korean: 김영삼; Hanja: 金泳三; Korean pronunciation: [ki.mjʌŋ.sam] or [kim] [jʌŋ.sam]; 20 December 1927 – 22 November 2015) was a South Korean politician and democratic activist, who served  ...more
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  • 19
    Please Look After Mom

    BirthplaceJeolla

    Birthdate1963-01-12

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kyung-sook Shin (This is the author's preferred Romanization per LTI Korea) born 12 January 1963 is a South Korean writer. She is the first South Korean and first woman to win the Man Asian Literary  ...more
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  • 20
    America

    BirthplaceManchuria, China

    Birthdate1941

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Cho Hae-il is a South Korean writer.  ...more
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  • 21
    Romance of Their Own

    BirthplaceJecheon, South Korea

    Birthdate1985-01-01

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Guiyeoni (born 1985) is the pen name of internet novelist Lee Yoon-sae. She first reached fame with her novels He Was Cool and Romance of Their Own, which spawned commercially successful films of the  ...more
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  • 22
    Heart's agony, Sasang kihaeng

    BirthplaceMokpo, South Korea

    Birthdate1941-02-04

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Jiha (Korean: 김지하; 1941-) is a Korean poet and playwright.  ...more
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  • 23

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Birthdate1971-01-01

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Ryeo-ryeong is a South Korean writer.  ...more
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  • 24
    Park Bum Shin is a South Korean writer  ...more
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  • 25
    Selected poems of Sŏ Chŏngju, Midang So Chong Ju

    Birthdate1915

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Seo Jeong-ju (May 18, 1915 – December 24, 2000) was a Korean poet and university professor who wrote under the pen name Midang (lit. "not yet fully grown"). He is widely considered as one of the best  ...more
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