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Public Holidays in South Korea in 2017

South Korea Upcoming Public Holidays in South Korea

Harvest Festival Holiday
Harvest Festival Holiday

3 October 2017 This National holiday is in 9 days. The Harvest Moon Festival is one of Koreas most cherished holidays

National Foundation Day
National Foundation Day

3 October 2017 This National holiday is in 9 days. Foundation Day marks the traditional founding of Korea by Tan-gun in 2333bc

Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival

4 October 2017 This National holiday is in 10 days. The Harvest Moon Festival is one of Koreas most cherished holidays

South Korea List of National Public holidays of South Korea in 2017

Day Date Holiday Comments
Sunday January 01 Jan 1 New Years Day
Friday January 27 Jan 27 Korean New Year Holiday
Saturday January 28 Jan 28 Korean New Year Usually in early February; three-day consecutive holidays
Sunday January 29 Jan 29 Korean New Year Holiday Usually in early February; three-day consecutive holidays
Monday January 30 Jan 30 Korean New Year Holiday Usually in early February; three-day consecutive holidays
Wednesday March 01 Mar 1 March 1st Movement Independence Day
Monday May 01 May 1 Labour Day Not an official holiday but widely observed
Wednesday May 03 May 3 Buddhas Birthday 8th day of 4th lunar month
Friday May 05 May 5 Childrens Day
Tuesday May 09 May 9 Presidential Election Day
Tuesday June 06 Jun 6 Memorial Day
Monday July 17 Jul 17 Constitution Day Celebrates the declaration of the Constitution in 1948
Tuesday August 15 Aug 15 Liberation Day
Monday October 02 Oct 2 Harvest Festival Holiday Extra temporary holiday for public sector
Tuesday October 03 Oct 3 Harvest Festival Holiday Day before Chuseok
Tuesday October 03 Oct 3 National Foundation Day Commemorates the traditional founding of Korea by Tangun in 2333 BC
Wednesday October 04 Oct 4 Harvest Festival Chuseok
Thursday October 05 Oct 5 Harvest Festival Holiday Day after Chuseok
Friday October 06 Oct 6 Harvest Festival Holiday Substitute day for Chuseok
Monday October 09 Oct 9 Hangeul Day Korean alphabet day. Reinstated as a holiday in 2013
Wednesday December 20 Dec 20 Presidential Election Day Presidential Election Day is an official holiday every five years
Monday December 25 Dec 25 Christmas Day

Key

National Holiday Not a Public Holiday Government/Public Sector

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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