Discover the 10 best Korean books to read in 2023.
These are my 10 must-read Korean Books before traveling to South Korea. I narrowed my selection down to award winners and bestsellers.
Some of my favorites include Human Acts, Nothing to Envy, and Pachinko.
Human Acts is a must-read for anyone interested in South Korea. It explains a time, not too long ago when the Korean government brutally crushed protests in the city of Gwangju. This deadly event would later be termed the Gwangju uprising. What should have been a peaceful protest ended up being one of Korea’s deadliest.
Another book on the list is by the award-winning journalist Barbara Demrick. The book is called Nothing to Envy and it is a fascinating, yet deeply moving insight into the ordinary lives in North Korea. Demrick explores what it means to live in a brutal dictatorship. A dictatorship that has been so repressive that TV and Radio dials are meticulously fixed to the government channel and people have been forced to sell themselves, and everything that belongs to them just to eat another meal. This book will leave a tear in your eye and make you thankful for the life you have.
- Popular Books In Korea
- 1. The Vegetarian, By Han Kang
- 2. A River In Darkness, One Man’s Escape From North Korea, By Masail Ishikawa
- 3. Crying In H Mart By, Michelle Zauner
- 4. Cursed Bunny By, Bora Chung
- 5. Human Acts By, Han Kang
- 6. Escape From Camp 14 By, Blaine Harden
- 7. Nothing to Envy, Ordinary Lives In North Korea By, Barbra Demick
- 8. Pachinko By, Min Jin Lee
- 9. The Island Of Sea Women By, Lisa See
- 10. Kim Jiyoung Born 1982, By Cho Nam-Joo
- Where to buy a kindle in Korea?
- Final word
Popular Books In Korea
Translated by Jamie Chang
My preference is the Kindle paperwhite. But any Kindle does the job, and then you will have access to the thousands of books on the Amazon Kindle store.
Amazon has recently released the new generation of Kindle paperwhites. I managed to snag one while in Korea on Coupang.
How is it you ask? Well I can say it’s my favorite Kindle so far!
The 6.8-inch display and the adjustable warm light have made a huge difference to my reading experience.
Where to buy a kindle in Korea?
I purchased my Kindle on Coupang. You can also buy Kindles on G-market and Amazon.
Thanks for reading my 10 best Korean books to read before coming to Korea. If you can think of any more that we should add to the list please write in the comment section below.
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