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List of famous people from North Korea, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in North Korea, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from North Korea you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in North Korea, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from North Korea?" or "Which celebrities were born in North Korea?" then this list is a great resource for you.

age 37
Kim Jong-chul is the middle son of Kim Jong-il, the former leader of North Korea. His older half-brother is Kim Jong-nam. His younger brother is Kim Jong-un, now the leader of North Korea. In ...more

Seung Sahn Dec. at 77 (1927-2004)
Seung Sahn Haeng Won Dae Soen-sa, born Duk-In Lee, was a South Korean Jogye Seon master and founder of the international Kwan Um School of Zen—the largest Zen institution present in the western ...more

Dec. at 69 (1903-1972)
Younghill Kang was an important early Asian American writer. He is best known for his 1931 novel The Grass Roof and its sequel, the 1937 fictionalized memoir East Goes West: The Making of an ...more

Dec. at 80 (1926-2006)
Shin Sang-ok was a prolific South Korean film producer and director, with more than 100 producer and 70 director credits. His best known films were made in the 1950s and 60s when he was known as ...more

age 83
Lee Soon-jae is a South Korean actor. He has had a prolific career on the small and big screen spanning nearly six decades.

Om Yun-Chol age 27
Om Yun-chol is a weightlifter representing North Korea. He is 152 cm / 5'0" and weighs 56 kg /123 lbs. He won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics at the men's 56 kg event. He became ...more

Kim Kum-Sok age 31
Kim Kum-Sok is a North Korean weightlifter. He is competing for North Korea at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Dec. at 88 (1914-2002)
Sohn Kee-Chung became the first medal-winning Korean Olympian, when he won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a member of the Japanese delegation. He competed under ...more

Choe Yong-rim age 88
Choe Yong-rim was the Premier of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from June 2011 to April 2013 and Workers' Party of Korea central committee presidium member since September 2010. He ...more

age 60
Dragon Lee is an actor and practitioner of Taekwondo and Hapkido. He made a name for himself as a martial arts film star in the 1970s and 80s. His birth name is Moon Kyoung-seok, but he has also ...more

Gwang-hun Kim age 56
Gwang-hun Kim is a film director.

Kwon Song-Hwa age 27

Kim Su-Gyong age 24
Kim Su-Gyong is a women's soccer player.

Choi In-Gyu Dec. at 39 (1911-1950)
Choi In-Gyu was a film director, film editor and film producer.

Yu Jong Im age 25
Yu Jong Im is a women's soccer player.

Yun Hyon Hui age 26
Yun Hyon Hui is a women's soccer player.

Jon Myong-Hwa age 25
Jon Myong-Hwa is a women's soccer player.

O Chang-Ran age 26
O Chang-Ran is a women's soccer player.

Kim Mi-Gyong age 27
Kim Mi-gyong is a North Korean long-distance runner. She competed in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, placing 74th with a time of 2:38:33. At the age of fifteen she represented her ...more

O Hui-Sun age 25
O Hui-Sun is a women's soccer player.

Pong Son-Hwa age 26
Pong Son-Hwa is a women's soccer player.

Kim Nam-Hui age 24
Kim Nam-Hui is a women's soccer player.

Yang Gi-tak Dec. at 67 (1871-1938)
Yang Gi-tak was one of the leaders of Korean independence movement who served as the 9th president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea from 1933 to 1935.

Kim Myong-Hyok age 28
Kim Myong-hyok is a North Korean weightlifter. He is competing for North Korea at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Phyo Yong-myong age 29
Phyo Yong-myong is a North Korean figure skater who has competed internationally as both a singles skater and a pairs skater. As a pair skater, she competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics with ...more