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Public Holidays in South Korea in 2016

South Korea Upcoming Public Holidays in South Korea

National Foundation Day
National Foundation Day

3 October 2016 This National holiday is in 8 days. Foundation Day marks the traditional founding of Korea by Tan-gun in 2333bc

Hangeul Day
Hangeul Day

9 October 2016 This National holiday is in 14 days. Marks the invention and proclamation of the Korean alphabet in 1446. Reinstated as a ho...

Christmas Day
Christmas Day

25 December 2016 This National holiday is in 91 days. The day celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which (traditionally, but unlikely in reality)...

South Korea List of National Public holidays of South Korea in 2016

Day Date Holiday Comments
Friday January 01 Jan 1 New Years Day
Sunday February 07 Feb 7 Korean New Year Usually in early February; three-day consecutive holidays
Monday February 08 Feb 8 Korean New Year Holiday Usually in early February; three-day consecutive holidays
Tuesday February 09 Feb 9 Korean New Year Holiday Usually in early February; three-day consecutive holidays
Wednesday February 10 Feb 10 Korean New Year Holiday Substitute day for Seollal
Tuesday March 01 Mar 1 March 1st Movement
Wednesday April 13 Apr 13 National Assembly Election Day Election Day is an official holiday every five years
Sunday May 01 May 1 Labour Day Not an official holiday but widely observed
Thursday May 05 May 5 Childrens Day
Friday May 06 May 6 Childrens Day Holiday Temporary Holiday
Saturday May 14 May 14 Buddhas Birthday Usually in late May
Monday June 06 Jun 6 Memorial Day
Sunday July 17 Jul 17 Constitution Day Celebrates the declaration of the Constitution in 1948
Monday August 15 Aug 15 Liberation Day
Wednesday September 14 Sep 14 Harvest Festival Holiday Day before Chuseok
Thursday September 15 Sep 15 Harvest Festival Chuseok
Friday September 16 Sep 16 Harvest Festival Holiday Day after Chuseok
Monday October 03 Oct 3 National Foundation Day Commemorates the traditional founding of Korea by Tangun in 2333 BC
Sunday October 09 Oct 9 Hangeul Day Korean alphabet day. Reinstated as a holiday in 2013
Sunday December 25 Dec 25 Christmas Day

Key

National Holiday Not a Public Holiday

Notes

  • Public holidays in South Korea are commonly known as 'Red Days' as this is how they are usually coloured in printed calendars.
  • Until the middle of 2014, Holidays are observed on their calendar date. If the date of a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the holiday will not be moved to a weekday.
  • The Korean government has announced that from the second half of 2014 onwards, if the date of Seollal, Chuseok, or Children's Day falls on Sunday, then the holiday will be extended to Monday.

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