Writers Famous Authors from South Korea

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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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Jim Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Jim Lee Batman: Hush, Gen 13, WildC.A.T.S Jim Lee is a Korean American comic book artist, writer, editor, and publisher. He entered the industry in 1987 as an artist for Marvel Comics, illustrating titles such as Alpha Flight and The ...more

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Park Chung-hee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Park Chung-hee Korea reborn, To build a nation, Saemaul^! Korea's new community movement Park Chung-hee was a South Korean president and military general who led South Korea from 1961 until his assassination in 1979. Park seized power through a military coup d'état that ...more

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Lee Cheong-jun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Lee Cheong-jun The prophet and other stories, Your paradise, The wounded Yi Chong-jun was a prominent South Korean novelist. Throughout his four decade-long career, Lee wrote more than 100 short stories, 13 novels. He died from lung cancer at the age of 68 on July ...more

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Soon-Tek Oh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Soon-Tek Oh Soon-Taek Oh is a Korean-American actor best known for the voice of Fa Zhou in Disney's Mulan and the sequel Mulan II. He has starred in many films, and also acted in television series, ...more

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Choi In-ho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Choi In-ho Deep blue night Choi In-ho was a South Korean writer.

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Kim Seungok is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Kim Seungok Seoul-1964-winter Kim Seungok is a South Korean novelist and screenwriter.

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Kim Dae-jung is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Kim Dae-jung In the name of justice and peace, Mass-participatory economy, The challenge of contemporary Korean history Kim Dae-jung was the 8th President of South Korea from 1998 to 2003, and the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He came to be called the "Nelson Mandela of Asia" for his long-standing ...more

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Syngman Rhee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Syngman Rhee Neutrality as influenced by the United States, The spirit of independence, Japan inside out Syngman Rhee was a Korean statesman and the first president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea as well as the first president of South Korea. His three-term presidency of ...more

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Kim Young-ha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Kim Young-ha I have the right to destroy myself Kim Young-ha is a modern South Korean writer.

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Yi Munyol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Yi Munyol Our Twisted Hero, The poet Mun-yeol Lee is a writer and screenwriter.

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Park Kyung-ni is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Park Kyung-ni Land, The curse of Kim's daughters, Toji Park kyeong li was a Writer.

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Jo Jung-rae is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Jo Jung-rae Playing with fire, The land of the banished Jo Jung-Rae is a novelist from South Korea, who is the author of the best selling novels Taebaek Mountain Range, Arirang, and Han River'

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Miri Yu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Miri Yu Gold rush Miri Yu 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 Prefecture, Japan, ...more

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Choe Yun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Choe Yun There a petal silently falls Ch'oe Hyon-mu, better known by her pen name Ch'oe Yun is a South Korean writer and professor of French literature.

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Ahn Jung-hyo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Ahn Jung-hyo Silver Stallion, White badge Ahn Junghyo is a South Korean novelist and literary translator.

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Ku Sang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Ku Sang Wastelands of fire, A Korean century Ku Sang was a Korean poet, considered one of Korea's most respected and trusted poets.

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Gong Ji-young is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Gong Ji-young Maundy Thursday Gong Ji-young is a South Korean novelist and one of the most popular "new wave" female writers who shattered the South Korean literary establishment's glass ceiling in the 1980s and

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Kim Young-sam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Kim Young-sam Korea's quest for reform & globalization Kim Young-sam is a South Korean politician and democratic activist, who served as the seventh President of South Korea from 1993 to 1998. From 1961, he spent almost 30 years as one of the ...more

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Kyung-sook Shin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Kyung-sook Shin Please Look After Mom Kyung-sook Shin born 12 January 1963 is a South Korean writer. She is the first Korean and first woman to win the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2012 for Please Look After Mom.

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Cho Hae-il is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Cho Hae-il America Cho Hae-il is a South Korean writer.

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Guiyeoni is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Guiyeoni Romance of Their Own Guiyeoni is the penname 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 same ...more

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Kim Chi-ha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Kim Chi-ha Heart's agony, Sasang kihaeng Kim Ji-ha is a Korean poet and playwright.

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Kim Ryeo-ryeong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Kim Ryeo-ryeong Wandeuk Kim Ryeo-ryeong is a South Korean writer.

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Park Bumsin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Park Bumsin Park Bum Shin is a South Korean writer

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Seo Jeong-ju is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Seo Jeong-ju Selected poems of Sŏ Chŏngju, Midang So Chong Ju, Poems of a wanderer Seo Jeong-ju was a Korean poet and university professor who wrote under the pen name Midang. He is widely considered as one of the best poets in twentieth-century Korean literature. He was ...more

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Ahn Byong-man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Ahn Byong-man Elections in Korea Ahn Byong-man is a South Korean academic, and the former President of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Seoul National University in ...more

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Matt Kelley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Matt Kelley Crosswind Matt Kelley is a mixed-race Korean American writer, public speaker and consultant born in Spokane, Washington and living in Seoul, South Korea. He is the co-editor of the Multiracial Child ...more

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Bok Koh-il is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Bok Koh-il Bok Geo-il is a South Korean novelist, poet, literary critic and social commentator.

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Lee Hyo-seok is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Lee Hyo-seok When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom Lee Hyo-seok was a South Korean writer.

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Yi Kwang-su is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Yi Kwang-su Mujong Yi Kwang-su is a South Korean writer and independence activist. His pennames were Chunwon and Goju.

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Atta Kim is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Atta Kim Atta Kim Atta Kim is a South Korean photographer who has been active since the mid-1980s. He has exhibited his work internationally and was the first photographer chosen to represent South Korea in the ...more

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Ko Un is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Ko Un Ko Un is a South Korean poet whose works have been translated and published in more than 15 countries. He had been imprisoned many times due to his role in the campaign for Korean democracy. Ko ...more

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Lee Yeongdo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Lee Yeongdo Dragon Raja, The Bird That Drinks Tears, The Bird That Drinks Blood Lee Yeongdo is a Korean novelist known for his work in fantasy and science fiction genre. He is best known for his Dragon Raja series of fantasy novels which is also his debut work, serialised ...more

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Han Su-san is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Han Su-san Floating grass Han Su-san is a South Korean writer.

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Kim Su-yeong is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Kim Su-yeong Kim Soo-young is a Korean poet.

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Na Hye-sok is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Na Hye-sok Na Hye-sok was a Korean poet, feminist writer, painter, educator, and journalist. Her pen name was Jeongwol. She was the first female Korean artist of Western painting and the second Korean ...more

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Hongkun Park is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Hongkun Park Nanowire Nanosensors for Highly-Sensitive^! Selective and Integrated Detection of Biological and Chemical Species Hongkun Park is a professor of chemistry and of physics at Harvard University. He received his BS in chemistry at Seoul National University in 1990, and his PhD in physical chemistry at Stanford ...more

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Lim Chulwoo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Lim Chulwoo Lim Chul-Woo is a South Korean writer born in 1954, known for his subversive works.

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Hyun Hui Hong is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Hyun Hui Hong Hyun Hui Hong is a writer.

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Park Wansuh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Park Wansuh Park Wan Suh was a female South Korean writer.

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Kim Won-il is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Kim Won-il The wind and the river, Evening glow Kim Won-il born 1942, is a South Korean writer.

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Kim Hoon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Kim Hoon Kim Hoon is a South Korean novelist, journalist and critic.

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An Sugil is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
An Sugil Ahn Soo-kil was a Korean novelist and journalist who devoted much of his life to depicting the lives of the Korean settlers in Jiandao, Manchuria.

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Tai-Young Kim is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Tai-Young Kim Niche dynamics and market segregation

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Heup Young Kim is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Heup Young Kim Wang Yang-ming and Karl Barth Heup Young Kim is a Korean Christian theologian and a scholar of East Asian religions, specialized in Asian constructive theology, interfaith dialogue, and religion and science. He is Professor ...more

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Choi In-hun is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Choi In-hun The square, Reflections on a mask, Once Upon A Long Time Ago Choi In-hun is a South Korean writer.

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Choi Seungho is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Choi Seungho Choi Seungho Hangul: 최승호 is a modern Korean poet.

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Lee Kyun-young is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Lee Kyun-young Lee Kyun-young is a South Korean writer.

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Jo Kyung Ran is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Jo Kyung Ran Jo Kyung Ran is a South Korean writer.

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Bang Young-ung is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Bang Young-ung Bang Young-ung is a South Korean novelist whose works focus on affectionately portraying the lives of ordinary people in contemporary South Korea.