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Famous People From North Korea

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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.
  • Kim Jong-chul (born 25 September 1981), sometimes spelled Kim Jong Chol, is a son of former North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il. His younger brother is Kim Jong-un, now the leader of North Korea....  more
  • Dec. at 77 (1927-2004)
    Seungsahn Haengwon (Korean: 숭산행원대선사; Hanja: 崇山行願大禪師; RR: Sungsan Haeng'weon Daeseonsa, August 1, 1927 – November 30, 2004), born Duk-In Lee, was a Korean Seon master of the Jogye Order and founder of...  more
  • Dec. at 69 (1903-1972)
    Younghill Kang (June 5, 1898 — December 2, 1972, Korean name 강용흘) was an important early Asian American writer. He is best known for his 1931 novel The Grass Roof (the first Korean American novel)...  more
  • Dec. at 79 (1926-2006)
    Shin Sang-ok (October 11, 1926 – April 11, 2006) was a South Korean film producer and director with more than 100 producer and 70 director credits to his name. His best-known films were made in the...  more
  • Lee Soon-jae (born November 16, 1934)is a South Korean actor. He has had a prolific career on the small and big screen spanning over six decades, and was given a second-class Eungwan Order of...  more
  • 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 only the...  more
  • Kim Kum-Sok is a North Korean weightlifter. He is competing for North Korea at the 2012 Summer Olympics....  more
  • Dec. at 88 (1914-2002)
    Sohn Kee-chung (Korean: 손기정; Korean pronunciation: [son.kidʑʌŋ]; August 29, 1912 – November 15, 2002) was a Korean athlete and long-distance runner. He became the first Korean to win a medal at the...  more
  • Choe Yong-rim (Korean: 최영림, born 20 November 1930) is a North Korean politician. He was the Premier of North Korea from June 2010 to April 2013 and Workers' Party of Korea central committee presidium...  more
  • Age: 63
    Dragon Lee (sometimes credited as "Bruce Lei") (born August 12, 1958) is the stage name of an actor and practitioner of Taekwondo and Hapkido. He made a name for himself as a martial arts film star...  more
  • Gwang-hun Kim is a film director....
  • Kim Su-Gyong is a women's soccer player....
  • Age: 110
    Choi In-Gyu was a film director, film editor and film producer....
  • Age: 27
    Yu Jong Im is a women's soccer player....
  • Yun Hyon Hui is a women's soccer player....
  • Jon Myong-Hwa is a women's soccer player....
  • O Chang-Ran is a women's soccer player....
  • 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 country...  more
  • Age: 27
    O Hui-Sun is a women's soccer player....
  • Pong Son-Hwa is a women's soccer player....
  • Kim Nam-Hui is a women's soccer player....
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    Yang Gi-tak (April 2, 1871 – April 20, 1938) 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...  more
  • Kim Myong-hyok is a North Korean weightlifter. He is competing for North Korea at the 2012 Summer Olympics....  more
  • Phyo Yong-myong (born November 26, 1989 in Pyongyang) is a North Korean figure skater who has competed internationally as both a singles skater, pairs skater and ice dancer. She currently is...  more