Ham Seok-heon was a notable figure in the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) movement in Korea, nicknamed the "Gandhi of Korea". He was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by American Friends Service Committee twice, 1979 and 1986. In 2000, the activist was selected by the Republic of Korea as a national cultural figure.
Ham Seok-heon was born and grew up as a Presbyterian Christian. In 1919, he joined the beginning of Korean resistance to Japanese occupation: the March 1st Movement. In 1923 he graduated from Osan High School and went to study to become a teacher in Japan, where he first encountered the Non-Church movement, an indigenous Japanese Christian movement.
In 1988, Ham Seok-heon joined the Seoul Assembly for a peaceful Olympiad and died 4 months after that.