Authors

Famous Authors from South Korea

Reference
16k views 72 items

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.
Ranker may collect a commission from links on this page.
1
Jim Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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
2
Park Chung-hee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Korea reborn, To build a nation, Saemaul
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
3
Lee Cheong-jun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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
4
Soon-Tek Oh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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
5
Choi In-ho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Deep blue night
Choi In-ho was a South Korean writer.
6
Kim Seungok is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Seoul-1964-winter
Kim Seungok is a South Korean novelist and screenwriter.
7
Kim Dae-jung is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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
8
Syngman Rhee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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
9
Kim Young-ha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
I have the right to destroy myself
Kim Young-ha is a modern South Korean writer.
10
Yi Munyol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Our Twisted Hero, The poet
Mun-yeol Lee is a writer and screenwriter.
11
Park Kyung-ni is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Land, The curse of Kim's daughters, Toji
Park kyeong li was a Writer.
12
Jo Jung-rae is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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'
13
Miri Yu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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
14
Choe Yun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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.
15
Ahn Jung-hyo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Silver Stallion, White badge
Ahn Junghyo is a South Korean novelist and literary translator.
16
Ku Sang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Wastelands of fire, A Korean century
Ku Sang was a Korean poet, considered one of Korea's most respected and trusted poets.
17
Gong Ji-young is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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
18
Kim Young-sam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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
19
Kyung-sook Shin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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.
20
Cho Hae-il is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
America
Cho Hae-il is a South Korean writer.
21
Guiyeoni is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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
22
Kim Chi-ha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Heart's agony, Sasang kihaeng
Kim Ji-ha is a Korean poet and playwright.
23
Kim Ryeo-ryeong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Wandeuk
Kim Ryeo-ryeong is a South Korean writer.
24
Park Bumsin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
Park Bum Shin is a South Korean writer
25
Seo Jeong-ju is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from South Korea
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