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List of famous writers from South Korea, listed alphabetically with photos when available. South Korea is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best South Korean writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of South Korea and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are popular South Korean writers?" and "Which writers are from South Korea?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of South Korea in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in South Korea, but they're all of South Korea descent.

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Kim Ki-duk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kim Ki-duk age 58 Kim Ki-duk is a South Korean filmmaker noted for his idiosyncratic "art-house" cinematic works. His films have received many distinctions in the festival circuit. He is not related to ...more

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Im Kwon-taek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Im Kwon-taek age 82 Im Kwon-taek is one of South Korea's most renowned film directors. In an active and prolific career, his films have won many domestic and international film festival awards as well as ...more

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Kim Ki-young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kim Ki-young Died at 79 (1919-1998) Kim Ki-young was a South Korean film director, known for his intensely psychosexual and melodramatic horror films, often focusing on the psychology of their female characters. Kim was born in ...more

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Park Chan-wook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Park Chan-wook age 55 Park Chan-wook is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, producer, and former film critic. One of the most acclaimed and popular filmmakers in his native country, Park is most known for his ...more

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Hong Sang-soo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Hong Sang-soo age 58 Hong Sang-soo is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.

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Kim Jee-woon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kim Jee-woon age 54 Kim Jee-woon is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. Kim Jee-woon has a history of successfully tackling a wide range of film genres, garnering a cult following among fans of Asian

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Shim Hyung-rae is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Shim Hyung-rae age 60 Shim Hyung-rae is a South Korean former-comedian and filmmaker best known for directing the 1999 re-make of Yonggary and D-War, by far the most expensive Korean movie in history. He has often ...more

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Bong Joon-ho is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Bong Joon-ho age 49 Bong Joon-ho is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. His films include South Korean hits Memories of Murder, based on a true-life serial murder case, monster movie The Host, and his ...more

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Lee Chang-dong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Lee Chang-dong age 64 Lee Chang-dong is a South Korean film director, screenwriter and novelist. He is best known for his films Peppermint Candy, Oasis, Secret Sunshine, and Poetry. Lee won the Best Director award at ...more

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Jang Jin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Jang Jin age 47 Jang Jin is a South Korean film director, theatre director, playwright, screenwriter, film producer, actor and TV personality. Considered one of the most distinctive voices to emerge from the ...more

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Hah Myung-joong is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Hah Myung-joong age 71 Hah Myung-joong is a South Korean actor, film director, producer, planner, and screen writer. Hah started his career as an actor, but expanded his career to film directing, and film producing. ...more

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Choi Ji Woo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Choi Ji Woo age 43 Choi Ji-woo is a South Korean actress. She is most famous for starring in the television melodramas Winter Sonata, Beautiful Days and Stairway to Heaven.

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Kang Woo-suk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kang Woo-suk age 58 Woo-seok Kang is a film editor.

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Peter Chung is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Peter Chung age 57 Peter Kunshik Chung, is a Korean American animator. He is best known for his unique style of animation, as the creator and director of Æon Flux, which ran as shorts on MTV's Liquid ...more

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Kim Ki-duk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kim Ki-duk age 84 Kim Ki-duk is a South Korean film director and professor. Best-known outside of Korea for his 1967 giant-monster film, Yonggary, Kim Ki-duk directed 66 movies in total from his directorial debut ...more

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Ku Hye-sun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Ku Hye-sun age 34 Ku Hye-sun is a South Korean actress, singer/songwriter and director. She is best known for her roles in the television dramas Pure in Heart, Boys Over Flowers and Angel Eyes.

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Park Chung-hee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Park Chung-hee Died at 62 (1917-1979) 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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Bong-chun Yun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Bong-chun Yun Died at 73 (1902-1975) Bong-chun Yun was a film director, film editor, actor, film producer, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Soon-Tek Oh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Soon-Tek Oh age 75 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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Kim Jho Kwang-soo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kim Jho Kwang-soo age 53 Kim Jho Gwang-soo, also known as Peter Kim, is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, film producer and LGBT rights activist.

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Kwak Jae-yong is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kwak Jae-yong age 59 Kwak Jae-yong is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. He studied physics at Kyunghee University. He achieved success with his debut film Watercolor Painting in a Rainy Day in 1989, but ...more

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Ok-bin Kim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Ok-bin Kim age 31 Kim Ok-bin is a South Korean actress. Kim made her debut in an online beauty contest in 2004, and began her acting career with a role in 2005 film Voice. Subsequent appearances include the ...more

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Ryoo Seung-wan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Ryoo Seung-wan age 45 Ryoo Seung-wan is a South Korean film director.

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So Yong Kim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
So Yong Kim age 50 So Yong Kim is an award-winning Korean American independent filmmaker. She has made three feature films, In Between Days, Treeless Mountain and For Ellen, set in Canada, South Korea and the ...more

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Lee Cheol-ha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Lee Cheol-ha age 48 Lee Cheol-ha is a South Korean film director known for his stylish portraits of the human experience. Born in South Korea, Lee was raised in Seoul. He eschewed the film school route, doing other ...more

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Phillip Rhee is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Phillip Rhee age 58 Phillip Rhee is a Korean-American actor, director, martial artist and film producer, most famous for his role in the Best of the Best movie series.

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Heo Jin-ho is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Heo Jin-ho age 55 Hur Jin-ho is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.

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Lee Jeong-hyang is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Lee Jeong-hyang age 54 Lee Jeong-hyang is a screenwriter and director.

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Kim Tae-Yong is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kim Tae-Yong age 49 Kim Tae-yong is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. After his feature directorial debut Memento Mori, he helmed the critically acclaimed Family Ties, and the English-language remake ...more

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Im Sang-soo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Im Sang-soo age 56 Im Sang-soo is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. He has twice been invited to compete for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, with The Housemaid in 2010 and The Taste of ...more

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Kim Young-sam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kim Young-sam age 91 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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Ko Hyun Jung is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Ko Hyun Jung age 47 Go Hyun-jung is a South Korean actress. She debuted in the entertainment scene as a Miss Korea runner-up in 1989 and went on to star in Sandglass, one of the highest-rated and critically ...more

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Kim Seungok is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kim Seungok age 77 Kim Seungok is a South Korean novelist and screenwriter.

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Jang Sun-woo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Jang Sun-woo age 66 Jang Sun-woo is a South Korean film director.

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Kim Myoung-kon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kim Myoung-kon age 66 Kim Myung-gon is a South Korean actor, screenwriter and music director. He is best known for starring in and writing the screenplay of Korean film classic Seopyeonje, for which he won Best Actor ...more

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Yoon Jong-bin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Yoon Jong-bin age 39 Yoon Jong-bin is a South Korean film director.

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Kim Cheong-gi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kim Cheong-gi age 77 Kim Cheong-gi is a South Korean director of animated, fantasy, and science fiction films. His work, Robot Taekwon V, is considered one of the milestones of Korean animation of the 1970s. With ...more

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Lee Yoon-ki is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Lee Yoon-ki age 53 Lee Yoon-ki, is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.

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Johnny Kim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Johnny Kim age 50 Johnny Kim is an actor.

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Kôhei Tsuka is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kôhei Tsuka Died at 62 (1948-2010) Kôhei Tsuka was a screenwriter, playwright, theatre director and novelist.

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Kim Dong-won is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kim Dong-won age 63 Kim Dong-won is a film director, film producer, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Jonathan Kim is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Jonathan Kim age 58 Jonathan H. Kim has produced five of the top 50 highest grossing Korean films of all time including Silmido, the first Korean film to surpass 10 million domestic ticket sales. He has received ...more

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Ha Yu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Ha Yu age 55 Yoo Ha is a South Korean film director, screenwriter and a contemporary poet. He directed the critically acclaimed films Marriage Is a Crazy Thing, Once Upon a Time in High School, and A Dirty ...more

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Kang Je-gyu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kang Je-gyu age 56 Kang Je-gyu is a South Korean film director.

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Jeon Soo-il is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Jeon Soo-il age 59 Jeon Soo-il is a South Korean film director, film producer and screenwriter. After graduating from the Department of Theatre & Film of Kyungsung University in Busan, he studied Film ...more

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Kim Seong-soo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Kim Seong-soo age 57 Kim Sung-su is a South Korean film director, known mainly for the teen film Beat, period epic Musa and the comedy Please Teach Me English.

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Ounie Lecomte is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Ounie Lecomte age 52 Ounie Lecomte is a film director, actress and a screenwriter.

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Chung Ji Young is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Chung Ji Young age 72 Chung Ji-young is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. Among his most well-known films are North Korean Partisan in South Korea, White Badge, Life and Death of the Hollywood Kid, ...more

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Jo Sung-hee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
Jo Sung-hee age 39 Jo Sung-hee is a South Korean film director. He directed the box office hit A Werewolf Boy.

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E J-Yong is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from South Korea
E J-Yong age 52 E J-Yong is a film director and film producer.