Holiday Guide for South Korea in 2019

South Korea 2019
South Korea
2019

South Korea information

Population: 50.80m
Capital: Seoul
Calling Code: (82)
Time Zone: +9 UTC
Currency: South Korean won
Language: Korean

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South Korea List of National Holidays in South Korea in 2019

New Year's Day


New Year's Day

South Korea: New Year's Day is a public holiday in all countries that observe the Gregorian calendar, with the exception of Israel

Korean New Year Holiday

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Korean New Year Holiday

South Korea: Known as Seollal, Korean New Year is the first day of the lunar Korean calendar. It is the most important of the traditional Korean holidays

Korean New Year


Korean New Year

South Korea: Known as Seollal, Korean New Year is the first day of the lunar Korean calendar. It is the most important of the traditional Korean holidays

Korean New Year Holiday


Korean New Year Holiday

South Korea: Known as Seollal, Korean New Year is the first day of the lunar Korean calendar. It is the most important of the traditional Korean holidays

March 1st Movement

 Long Weekend! 
March 1st Movement

South Korea: Independence Movement Day commemorates a nation-wide independence movement which took place on 1 March 1919 in protest against colonisation by Japan.

Children's Day


Children's Day

South Korea: This Holiday was founded by the Korean childrens writer Pang Chong-hwan in 1923 as a way to instil in the children a sense of independence and national pride

Children's Day (in lieu)

 Long Weekend! 
Children's Day (in lieu)

South Korea: As Children's day falls on a Sunday i 2019, the following Monday will be a public holiday

Buddha's Birthday


Buddha's Birthday

South Korea: Lantern parades are held for Buddhas Birthday which is celebrated in late April or early May

Memorial Day


Memorial Day

South Korea: Memorial Day Commemorates those who died during the Korean War

Liberation Day


Liberation Day

South Korea: Marks the liberation of Korea from 35 years of Japanese imperial rule in 1945 after the end of the second World War.

Harvest Festival Holiday


Harvest Festival Holiday

South Korea: Chuseok, the Harvest Moon Festival is one of Korea's most cherished holidays

Harvest Festival

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Harvest Festival

South Korea: Chuseok, the Harvest Moon Festival is one of Korea's most cherished holidays

Harvest Festival Holiday


Harvest Festival Holiday

South Korea: Chuseok, the Harvest Moon Festival is one of Korea's most cherished holidays

National Foundation Day


National Foundation Day

South Korea: Foundation Day marks the traditional founding of Korea by Tan-gun in 2333 BC

Hangeul Day


Hangeul Day

South Korea: Marks the proclamation of the Korean alphabet in 1446. Reinstated as a holiday in 2013

Christmas Day


Christmas Day

South Korea: Christmas celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which according to tradition took place on December 25th 1 BC

Notes

  • Public holidays in South Korea are commonly known as 'Red Days' as this is how they are usually coloured in printed calendars.
  • 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.
  • 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.