Public Holidays in South Korea in 2016

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

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


National Holiday Not a Public Holiday


  • 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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