Liberation Day in South Korea in 2019

Liberation Day in South Korea in 2019
  How long until Liberation Day?
This holiday next takes place in 29 days.
  Dates of Liberation Day in South Korea
2021South Korea Sun, Aug 15National Holiday
2020South Korea Sat, Aug 15National Holiday
2019South Korea Thu, Aug 15National Holiday
2018South Korea Wed, Aug 15National Holiday
2017South Korea Tue, Aug 15National Holiday
  Summary
Marks the liberation of Korea from 35 years of Japanese imperial rule in 1945 after the end of the second World War.
  Local name
Gwangbokjeol
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When is Liberation Day?

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

History of Liberation Day

Liberation Day is a holiday that marks the liberation of Korea from 35 years of 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 T'aegukki, and most public museums and places are open free of charge to the descendents of independence activists on the holiday.

Outside of South Korea, this is one of the few holidays celebrated on the whole of the Korean peninsula and the Korean dispora all over the world will join in the celebrations by sharing a meal of bibimbap (a rice dish) and kimchi (a vegetable dish) , singing Korean folk songs, or playing a game of yut, a traditional board game played in Korea.

Happy Gwangbokjeol!

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