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Kim Bo-hyon

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Kim Bo-hyon
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Kim Bo-hyon in 1945
Born(1871-10-03)3 October 1871
Mangyongdae, Joseon
2 September 1955(1955-09-02) (aged 83)2 September 1955(1955-09-02) (aged 83)
Burial placeRevolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
👩 Spouse(s)Lee Bo-ik
👶 ChildrenKim Hyong-jik
Kim Hyong-rok
Kim Hyong-gwon
Kim Gu-il
Kim Hyong-sil
Kim Hyong-bok
👴 👵 Parents
  • Kim Ung-u (father)
  • Lady Lee (mother)
👪 RelativesKim dynasty
Kim Bo-hyon
Revised RomanizationGim Bohyeon
McCune–ReischauerKim Pohyŏn

Kim Bo-hyon (Hangul: 김보현; Hanja: 金輔鉉; 3 October 1871 – 2 September 1955) was a farmer from the South Pyongan province. He was the paternal grandfather of the founder of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il-sung, the great-grandfather of Kim Jong-il, and great-great-grandfather of the current leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.


Kim Bo-hyon was born in 3 October 1871 as the only son to Mangyongdae farmer Kim Ung-u.[1] Kim Ung-u died at the age of thirty, one day after Kim Bo-hyon's seventh birthday. Without his father, Kim went to live with his uncle.

In his twenties, Bo-Hyon married a girl named Lee Bo-ik, who was five years younger than Kim. Together, they had three sons and three daughters, the most well known of the offspring being Kim Hyong-jik.[2][3] To feed his six offspring, Kim was said to have woken up at early dawn and went around the village to collect manure, while at night, he was said to twist straw ropes, make straw sandals and plait straw mats by lamplight.[4]

Kim Il-sung claimed his ancestors, including his grandfather Kim Bo-hyon and great-grandfather Kim Ung-u, were involved in the General Sherman incident.[5] The account, undisputed in North Korea, has been questioned by independent scholars abroad.[6][3]


Kim Bo-hyon and Lee Bo-ik were likened as "patriots" by the Editorial Committee for the Short Biography of Kim Il-sung.[7]

In 19 August 2013, wreaths were sent by various North Korean organizations to the tombs of Kim Bo-hyon and Lee Bo-ik.[8]


  • Father: Kim Ung-u (김응우; 17 June 1848 – 4 October 1878)
    • Paternal grandfather: Kim Song-ryeong (김송령; 1 December 1810 – 12 March 1899)
    • Paternal grandmother: Na Hyon-jik (나현직; 4 March 1811 – 23 January 1897)
  • Mother: Lady Lee (이씨)
  • Wife: Lee Bo-ik (이보익; 31 May 1876 – 18 October 1959)
    • Son: Kim Hyong-jik (김형직; 10 July 1894 – 5 June 1926)
    • Son: Kim Hyong-rok (김형록)
    • Son: Kim Hyong-gwon (김형권; 4 November 1905 – 12 January 1936)
    • Daughter: Kim Gu-il (김구일녀)
    • Daughter: Kim Hyong-sil (김형실)
    • Daughter: Kim Hyong-bok (김형복)


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  1. Szathmary, Zoe (2017-12-17). "Korean battle flags tied to Kim Jong Un ancestor unearthed at US Naval Academy". Fox News. Retrieved 2019-09-26.
  2. Hyung-chan Kim (2003). "Kim Jong Il's North Korea and Its Survivability". Korea and World Affairs. 27: 251. ISSN 0251-3072. OCLC 3860590. One also has to accept the existence of Kim Bo-hyeon (1871–1955), Kim Il-sung's grandfather, who participated in anti-Japanese activities.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gourevitch, Philip (September 8, 2003). "Alone in the dark". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Kim Il-sung, With the Century, Volume I: April 1912 - May 1930 p. 19.
  5. "SS General Sherman Incident". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  6. Thomas Julian Belke (1999). Juche: A Christian Study of North Korea's State Religion. Living Sacrifice Book Company. p. 133. ISBN 978-0-88264-329-8. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. Editorial Committee for the Short Biography of Kim Il Sung; Chʻulpʻansa, Oegungmun (1973). Kim Il Sung: short biography. Foreign Languages Publishing House. p. 1. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  8. 朝鲜纪念金辅铉先生诞辰142周年. 朝鲜《劳动新闻》(中文)[引用日期2013-10-02]

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