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Famous Writers from South Korea

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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  • 1

    Kim Ki-duk

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceBonghwa County

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Works3-Iron, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    Kim Ki-duk (Korean: 김기덕 Korean pronunciation: [kimɡidʌk]; born December 20, 1960) is a South Korean filmmaker noted for his idiosyncratic art-house cinematic works. His films have received many  ...more
  • 2

    Im Kwon-taek

    Age: 85

    BirthplaceJangseong County, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksDownfall, Hanji, Low Life, Painted Fire

    Im Kwon-taek (born May 2, 1936) 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  ...more
  • 3

    Kim Ki-young

    Dec. at 78 (1919-1998)

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksThe Housemaid, The Sea Knows, Fire Woman

    Kim Ki-young (October 10, 1919 – February 5, 1998) was a South Korean film director, known for his intensely psychosexual and melodramatic horror films, often focusing on the psychology of their  ...more
  • 4

    Park Chan-wook

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksOldboy, Thirst, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK, Three... Extremes

    Park Chan-wook (Korean: 박찬욱 Korean pronunciation: [pak̚t͡ɕʰanuk̚ ]; born August 23, 1963) is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, producer, and former film critic. One of the most acclaimed  ...more

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  • 5

    Hong Sang-soo

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksVirgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Night and Day, Oki's Movie, Hahaha, Woman Is the Future of Man

    Hong Sang Soo (홍상수) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.  ...more
  • 6

    Kim Jee-woon

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksThe Good, the Bad, the Weird, A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life

    Kim Jee-woon (Korean: 김지운; born July 6, 1964) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.   ...more
  • 7

    Shim Hyung-rae

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceSeoul, Mullae-dong, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksD-War, The Last Godfather

    Shim Hyung-rae (Korean: 심형래; born January 3, 1958, sometimes credited as Hyung Rae Shim) is a South Korean former comedian and filmmaker best known for directing Yonggary (Korean: 용가리) and D-War  ...more
  • 8

    BirthplaceDaegu, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksThe Host, Memories of Murder, Mother, Snowpiercer, Tokyo!

    Bong Joon-ho (Korean: 봉준호, Korean pronunciation: [poːŋ tɕuːnho → poːŋdʑunho]; born September 14, 1969) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter whose films include the crime drama Memories Of  ...more

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  • 9

    Lee Chang-dong

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceDaegu, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksPoetry, Secret Sunshine, Oasis, Peppermint Candy, Green Fish

    Lee Chang-dong (Korean: 이창동; Hanja: 李滄東; born April 1, 1954) is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, and novelist. He has directed six feature films: Green Fish (1997), Peppermint Candy  ...more
  • 10

    Jang Jin

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksSomeone Special, Guns & Talks, Romantic Heaven, Welcome to Dongmakgol, Ditto

    Jang Jin (born February 24, 1971) is a South Korean film director, theatre director, playwright, screenwriter, film producer, actor and TV personality.Considered one of the most distinctive voices to  ...more
  • 11

    Hah Myung-joong

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceSouth Korea, Busan

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksMom Never Dies

    Hah Myung-joong (Korean: 하명중, Hanja: 河明中) (born May 14, 1947) is a South Korean actor, film director, producer, planner, and screenwriter. Hah started his career as an actor, but expanded his career  ...more
  • 12

    BirthplacePaju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksActresses

    Choi Ji-woo (born Choi Mi-hyang on June 11, 1975) is a South Korean actress. She is known for starring in the television melodramas Beautiful Days (2001), Winter Sonata (2002), Stairway to Heaven  ...more
  • 13

    Kang Woo-suk

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceGyeongju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksPublic Enemy Returns

    Kang Woo-suk (born November 10, 1960 in Gyeongsan) is a South Korean film producer and director. He has often been called the most powerful man in Korean cinema, topping Cine21 magazine's list of '50  ...more
  • 14

    Peter Chung

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea, United States of America

    WorksThe Animatrix

    Peter Chung (born April 19, 1961) 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
  • 15

    Kim Ki-duk

    Age: 87

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksYonggary

    Kim Ki-duk (29 September 1934 – 7 September 2017) was a South Korean film director and professor. Best known outside of Korea for his 1967 giant monster film Yongary, Kim Ki-duk directed 66 movies in  ...more
  • 16

    Ku Hye-sun

    Age: 37

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksMagic, The Peach Tree

    Ku Hye-sun (born November 9, 1984) is a South Korean actress, singer-songwriter, director and artist. She gained widespread recognition in the television dramas Pure in Heart (2006), The King And I  ...more

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  • 17

    Park Chung-hee

    Dec. at 61 (1917-1979)

    BirthplaceGumi, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksKorea reborn, To build a nation, The country, the revolution and I, Our nations path. Ideology of social reconstruction

    Park Chung-hee (Korean: 박정희; Hanja: 朴正熙; 14 November 1917 – 26 October 1979) was a South Korean politician and general who served as the President of South Korea from 1963 until his assassination in  ...more
  • 18

    Bong-chun Yun

    Dec. at 73 (1902-1975)

    BirthplaceNorth Korea, Hoeryong

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksSeobu jeonseon

    Bong-chun Yun was a film director, film editor, actor, film producer, screenwriter and cinematographer.  ...more
  • 19

    Soon-Tek Oh

    Age: 78

    BirthplaceMokpo, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea, United States of America

    Soon-Tek Oh (Korean: 오순택, Oh Sun-taek – also spelled as Soon-Taek Oh or Soon-Taik Oh or Soon-Teck Oh; June 29, 1932 – April 4, 2018) was a Korean-American actor best known for the voice of Fa Zhou in  ...more
  • 20

    Kwak Jae-yong

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceSuwon, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksMy Sassy Girl, My Sassy Girl, Cyborg She, Daisy, Windstruck

    Kwak Jae-yong (born 22 May 1959) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. He studied physics at Kyung Hee University. He achieved success with his debut film Watercolor Painting in a Rainy  ...more
  • 21

    Ok-bin Kim

    Age: 34

    BirthplaceSouth Korea, Suncheon

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksActresses

    Kim Ok-vin (Korean: 김옥빈; born 3 January 1987), also known as 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  ...more
  • 22

    Ryoo Seung-wan

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceOnyang-dong

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksThe City of Violence, Arahan, Crying Fist, Dachimawa Lee, The Berlin File

    Ryoo Seung-wan (born December 15, 1973) is a South Korean film director.  ...more
  • 23

    So Yong Kim

    Age: 53

    BirthplaceBusan, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea, United States of America

    WorksFor Ellen, In Between Days, Treeless Mountain

    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 United  ...more
  • 24

    Lee Cheol-ha

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceSeoul, Mapo District, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    WorksLove Me Not, Stray Cats, Story of Wine

    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
  • 25

    Phillip Rhee

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea, United States of America

    WorksBest of the Best 4: Without Warning

    Phillip Rhee (born September 7, 1960) is a Korean American actor, director, martial artist, and film producer, most famous for his role in the Best of the Best movie series.  ...more

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