Liberation Day

South Korea National Holiday in South Korea

Gyeongbok Palace - Seoul Korea
HyangWonJeong in Gyeongbokgung, Seoul

When is Liberations Day?

This holiday is South Korea's national day and is always celebrated on August 15.

History of Liberation Day

Liberaton Day is a holiday that marks the liberation of Korea from Japanese imperial rule in 1945 after the end of the second World War.

On August 15, 1948 the Republic of Korea was established, with Syngman Rhee as the first president; on September 9, 1948, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was established under Kim Il-sung.

It is also known as Gwangbokjeol, which literally means 'Restoration of Light' day. It was designated a public holiday in 1949.

The investiture of the Rhee government followed the general election of April 10, 1948.

How is Liberation Day celebrated?

The day is marked by different activities and events throughout the day, including an official ceremony with the president in attendance that takes place at the Independence Hall of Korea in Cheonan or at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.

All buildings and homes are encouraged to display the national flag Taegukki, and most public museums and places are open free of charge to the descendents of independence activists on the holiday.

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