Park Min-gyu

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Park Mingyu
Born 1968 (age 48–49)
Occupation Novelist
Language Korean
Nationality South Korean
Ethnicity Korean
Citizenship South Korean
Korean name
Hangul 박민규

Park Min-gyu (born 1968) (Hangul박민규) is a South Korean writer.[1]


Park Min-gyu was born in Ulsan, a small town in southeast province in South Korea in 1968.[2] He graduated from Chungang University. His first two novels, Legend of the World's Superheroes (Chigu yongung chonsol) and The Sammi Superstars' Last Fan Club (Sammi syuposuta oe majimak paenkullob), were both published in 2003 and earned him the Munhak Dongne Author Award and the Hankyoreh Literary Prize, respectively.[2] His short story Raccoon World (Komawo, kwayon neoguri-ya) was included in the 2005 Yi Sang Literary Award Collection.[3]

His short stories are often characterized by a sense of humor pervasive but not overwhelming throughout the text. The stories are set in the capitalized world in the global context, in which human beings are redefined less than as commercial commodity available for sale. Characters are described to struggle with financial difficulties without a promising future.[3]

Park is known as a successful writer but is also famous for his unique style: he appears with a ponytail and goggle-like sunglasses.[4]

Park's novels, including Pavane for a Dead Princess, were published in 2009. One of the stories titled 〈아침의 문〉 The Door of Morning won Yi Sang Literary Award.

In 2010, Park's short story, A Nap was adapted into a theatrical play of the same name. It was directed by filmmaker Hur Jin-ho and starred Kibum of Super Junior as a young version of male lead Young-jin with Lee Joo-seung. It played at Baekam Art Hall in Samseong-dong, Seoul from January 26 to March 28.[5]


In September 2015, Park admitted plagiarism in his work The Sammi Superstars' Last Fan Club and A Nap. The Sammi Superstars' Last Fan Club was plagiarized from The Korean Baseball History Seen Reversely from an internet bulletin board and A Nap was plagiarized from a Japanese Manga Twilight Meteor Shower created by Kenshi Hirokane.[6]


Works in Translation[edit]

Works in Korean (partial)[edit]


  • Legend of the World's Superheroes (2003)
  • The Sammi Superstars' Last Fan Club (2003)
  • Ping Pong (2006)
  • Pavane for a Dead Princess (2009)
  • The Door of Morning (2010)

Short Stories

  • Castella (Collection, 2005)
  • Double (Collection in two volumes, 2010)
  • A Nap



  1. ^ "박민규" LTI Korea Datasheet: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Azalea,
  3. ^ a b Park Min-gyu,
  4. ^ KTLIT
  5. ^ Jang, Kyung-Jin (12 February 2010). "Filmmaker Hur Jin-ho tries his hand in directing a play". 10 Asia. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "박민규, '삼미 슈퍼스타즈의 마지막 팬클럽' 표절 인정" [Park Min-gyu admits plagiarism in ‘The Last Fan Club of Sammi Superstars’]. September 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ in New Writing from Korea. Korean Literature Translation Institute, Seoul: 2009
  8. ^ in Koreana: Korean Art & Culture (The Korea Foundation) Vol. 22, No.1 Spring 2008 pages 88 - 99.

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