Nationalist mural from North Korea
When is Liberation Day?
How long until National Liberation Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 115 Days.|
Dates of National Liberation Day
|Marks the liberation of Korea from Japanese imperial rule in 1945 after the end of the Second World War|
Liberation Day (Chogukhaebangŭi nal) is a public holiday in North Korea and is always celebrated on August 15.
Also known as Liberation of the Fatherland Day, this holiday marks the liberation of Korea from Japanese imperial rule in 1945 after the end of the Second World War.
History of Liberation Day
Japanese control of Korea began in 1876 with the Japan-Korea Treaty which sought to integrate Korea into the Japanese Empire. Strengthened by victory in the First Sino-Japanese War in 1895 and the Russo-Japanese War of 1905, Korea became a protectorate in 1905 and was officially annexed on 22 August 1910.
In August 1945, after defeat in World war II by American and Soviet forces, Imperial Japan finally give up control of Korea. Following the liberation from Japan, the country was divided into zones of occupation by the victorious Americans and Soviets. As a result the Korean peninsula was divided into two countries.
On 15 August 1948 the Republic of Korea was established, with Syngman Rhee as the first president; on 9 September 1948, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was established under Kim Il-sung.
How is Liberation Day Celebrated?
This is one of the few public holidays that is observed by both North and South Korea.