The Story of Hong Gildong

A few months ago, I was excited to hear that Penguin Classics would be publishing its first Korean classic, The Story of Hong Gildong.

Several friends mentioned that they had never read or heard the story in its entirety, but they were familiar with the plot and that the story is perhaps of the most well-known in Korea.

  • It is often referred to as the “Korean version of Robin Hood”.
  • 홍길동 will often be placed on forms as an example name, similar to “John Doe”
  • It is known as the first Korean novel written in 한글
  • The story has been adapted as a drama (naturally) as well as anime (great for those who like to read and compare adaptations!).

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