List of 28 Books Based in South Korea

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Want some stories that are set in a specific location? See this list of relevant examples. In this collection, you'll find a variety of books based in South Korea.
Interested in learning more about South Korea? The books below are great but some were published a while ago. Some other resources to learn about South Korea include the Crowdsourced Explorer and Wikipedia.

Title Author Publishing Year Genre
A Geek in Korea: Discovering Asia's New Kingdom of Cool Daniel Tudor 2014 Humour, Travel literature
A Single Shard Linda Sue Park 2001 Novel, Historical Fiction, historical novel
Echoes of the White Giraffe Sook Nyul Choi 1993 Fiction
Forgotten Country Catherine Chung 2012 Psychological Fiction, Domestic Fiction
Human Acts Han Kang 2014 Novel, Historical Fiction, Political fiction
I Have the Right to Destroy Myself Young-ha Kim 1996 Literary fiction
I Hear Your Voice Young-ha Kim 2015 Literary fiction
I'll Be Right There Kyung-sook Shin 2013 Coming-of-age story, Political fiction, Bildungsroman
If I Had Your Face Frances Cha 2020 Literary fiction
If You Leave Me Crystal Hana Kim 2018 Romance novel, Historical Fiction, Saga, War story
Jade Lady Burning Martin Limón 1992 Mystery, Fiction, Thriller
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 Cho Nam-joo 2016 Literary fiction
Living Reed Pearl S. Buck 1963 Historical Fiction, historical novel
Pachinko Min Jin Lee 2017 Novel, Historical Fiction, Domestic Fiction
Please Look After Mom Kyung-sook Shin 2008 Novel
Promise Season Lee Evie 2019 Historical Fiction, Romance novel, Spy fiction
Prophecy Ellen Oh 2013 Young adult fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Adventure fiction
Seesaw Girl Linda Sue Park 1999 Fiction
Sŏndŏk: Princess of the Moon and Stars Sheri Holman 2002 Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Childrens
The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture Euny Hong 2014 Autobiography
The Island of Sea Women Lisa See 2019 Novel, Historical Fiction
The Kite Fighters Linda Sue Park 2000 Children's literature, Fiction
The Plotters Un-su Kim 2010 Thriller, Mystery, Crime Fiction
The Silence of Bones June Hur 2020 Young adult fiction, Mystery
The Vegetarian Han Kang 2007 Novel, Psychological Fiction
This Burns My Heart Samuel Park 2004 Romance novel, Historical Fiction, Psychological Fiction, Domestic Fiction
When My Name Was Keoko Linda Sue Park 2002 Young adult fiction
White Chrysanthemum Mary Lynn Bracht 2018 Novel, Historical Fiction, War story, Domestic Fiction

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