Ko Un

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Ko Un (Korean: 고은; born 1 August 1933) is a South Korean poet whose works have been translated and published in more than fifteen countries. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ko Un has received more than 109,094 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia. Ko Un is the 1,937th most popular writer (down from 1,550th in 2019), the 100th most popular biography from South Korea (down from 82nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular South Korean Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 110k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 56.42

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 24

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.57

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.23

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Ten Thousand Lives
Tyunggwik kwa orwenji
Anecdotes, History
Flowers of a Moment
poetry, Zen
“Bodhisattva of Korean poetry, exuberant, demotic, abundant, obsessed with poetic creation . . . Ko Un is a magnificent poet, combination of Buddhist cognoscente, passionate political libertarian, and naturalist historian.”—Allen Ginsberg "Korea's greatest living Zen poet."—Lawrence Ferlinghetti *Flowers of a Moment* (Korean: *Sun'gan ui kkot*) is a treasure trove of more than 180 brief poems by a major world poet at the apex of his career. A four-time Nobel Prize nominee, Ko Un grew up in Korea during the Japanese occupation. During the Korean War, he was conscripted by the People's Army. In 1952, he became a Buddhist and lived a monastic life for ten years. For his activism confronting South Korea's dictatorial military government, he was imprisoned and tortured. He has published more than one hundred volumes of poetry, essays, fiction, drama, and translations of Chinese poetry.
Ajik kaji anun kil
Kugŏ t'ongsaron immun
Grammar, Korean language, Syntax

Page views of Ko Uns by language

Over the past year Ko Un has had the most page views in the with 17,791 views, followed by English (11,575), and Japanese (3,572). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Korean (161.63%), Vietnamese (149.90%), and Eastern Punjabi (67.04%)


Among writers, Ko Un ranks 1,937 out of 7,302Before him are Pierre Gringore, Giovanni Botero, Jordan of Saxony, Robert James Waller, Abdul-Qādir Bedil, and Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens. After him are Otto IV, Margrave of Brandenburg-Stendal, José Luis de Vilallonga, 9th Marquess of Castellbell, Vazha-Pshavela, Avitus of Vienne, Hirokazu Kanazawa, and Nicholas Sparks.

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Among people born in 1933, Ko Un ranks 130Before him are Peter Mansfield, Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov, Hossein Nasr, Yasukazu Tanaka, György Konrád, and Emanuel Ungaro. After him are Joachim Kroll, Lubomyr Husar, Vera Krepkina, Sheldon Adelson, Julie Newmar, and Luis Bacalov.

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In South Korea

Among people born in South Korea, Ko Un ranks 100 out of 1,128Before him are Soh Jaipil (1864), Jisoo (1995), Lee Jong-wook (1945), Kim Kyu-sik (1881), David Yonggi Cho (1936), and Beopheung of Silla (500). After him are Lee Min-ho (1987), Jimin (1995), Choi Eun-hee (1926), Kim Ung-yong (1963), Ye Wanyong (1858), and Kim Seok-jin (1992).

Among WRITERS In South Korea

Among writers born in South Korea, Ko Un ranks 3Before him are Sin Saimdang (1504), and Kim Bu-sik (1075). After him are Na Hye-sok (1896), Uhwudong (1430), Yi Kwang-su (1892), Heo Nanseolheon (1563), Yu Kil-chun (1856), Han Kang (1970), Yun Seondo (1587), Park Wan-suh (1931), and Yi Munyeol (1948).