Song Hye-rang

Song Hye-rang

Landowner + Editor + Writer
Born 1935

Song Hye-rang is a North Korean defector and author. Her father was a wealthy South Korean landowner who moved to the north for political reasons, while her mother was an editor of the official North Korean newspaper Rodong Shinmun.

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1935 Birth Born in 1935.


1971 36 Years Old Song's younger sister Song Hye-rim, a popular actress, secretly began an affair with Kim Jong-il against his father Kim Il-sung's wishes in the late 1960s or early 1970s, which culminated in Hye-rim's forced divorce from her husband; Hye-rang first learned of the situation on 10 May 1971, when Kim came to her residence in the middle of the night and informed her that he had impregnated her younger sister. … Read More


1982 47 Years Old In 1982, Song Hye-rang's son defected to South Korea; her daughter followed ten years later.


1996 61 Years Old Song herself defected in Geneva in February 1996, carrying nothing but her medicines, her diary, and a book of short stories by Anton Chekhov. … Read More
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