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Public Holidays in South Korea in 2018

South Korea Upcoming Public Holidays in South Korea

Christmas Day
Christmas Day

25 December 2018 This National holiday is in 70 days. The day celebrates the Nativity of Jesus, the date which according to tradition took pl...

New Year's Day
New Year's Day

1 January 2019 This National holiday is in 77 days. New Years Day is a public holiday in all countries that observe the Gregorian calendar,...

Korean New Year
Korean New Year

5 February 2019 This National holiday is in 112 days. Known as Seollal, Korean New Year is the first day of the lunar Korean calendar. It is ...

South Korea List of National Public holidays of South Korea in 2018

Day Date Holiday Comments
Monday New Year's Day
Thursday Korean New Year Holiday Usually in early February; three-day consecutive holidays
Friday Korean New Year Usually in early February; three-day consecutive holidays
Saturday Korean New Year Holiday Usually in early February; three-day consecutive holidays
Thursday March 1st Movement
Tuesday Labour Day Not an official holiday but widely observed
Monday Childrens Day Holiday
Tuesday Buddha's Birthday Usually in late May
Wednesday Memorial Day
Wednesday Local Elections Day
Tuesday Constitution Day Celebrates the declaration of the Constitution in 1948
Wednesday Liberation Day
Sunday Harvest Festival Holiday Day before Chuseok
Monday Harvest Festival Chuseok
Tuesday Harvest Festival Holiday Substitute Holiday
Wednesday Harvest Festival Holiday Day after Chuseok
Wednesday National Foundation Day
Tuesday Hangeul Day Korean alphabet day
Tuesday 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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