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Jun Kim

Jun Kim is a sculptor who specializes in rock sculpting. Jun’s art transcends a broad spectrum of mediums including wood, cement, and drywall art.

Jun started his career as a monk in Busan, Korea. He was born in Gangwon-do, Korea and left home at an early age to support himself in a variety of industries before joining the Cheongyeonam Temple when he was 19 years old. Jun studied the martial art form of Sunmudo and is a 6th dan master. A few years into his time at the temple he observed the artistic sculpting of a fellow monk and was quickly enamored with the art. Soon after an apprenticeship Jun began sculpting pieces that remain on display at the Cheongnyeonam Temple to this day.

After 13 years of service, Jun left the temple and traveled to New York City. He quickly fell in love with the beautiful landscape in the United States. Jun is an avid thru-hiker and has completed the Appalachian Trail (~2,190 miles; 2008), Continental Divide Trail (~3,100 miles; 2017), and he twice completed the Pacific Crest Trail (~2,650 miles; 2014 and 2018). He was recognized in national media outlets as the first Korean national to thru-hike the Appalachian Train on the north to south route.

Jun has a passion for carving, nature, and deep connections with humankind. Jun currently resides in Vallejo, CA with his wife, Marisa.

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