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South Korea bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

May ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name Observance*
* Thu Labor Day Bnk+Othr
Mon Orininal (Children's Day)
Tue Sukka Tansin Il (Buddha Day)
* Wed Public Holiday (Local Elections) Bnk+Othr+Gov
Fri Hyun Choong Il (Memorial Day)
Fri Kwang Bok Jul (Independence Day)
Sun Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival)
Mon Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival)
Tue Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival)
* Wed Chusok Holiday Government
Fri Kae Chun Jul (Foundation Day)
Thu Hangeul Day
Thu Christmas Day
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Recent News and Updates

28 Aug 2014 South Korean Substitute Public Holiday September 10 (Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) The South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security has confirmed that for the first time, an additional substitute non-working public holiday would be observed on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, due to the first day of the upcoming Chuseok annual non-working South Korean public holiday falling on a Sunday.  10 Dec 2013 South Korean Substitute Public Holidays Beginning 2014 (Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) The South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security has announced that the long-awaited substitute public holidays system would take effect beginning in the second half of 2014.  23 Sep 2013 South Korean 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) Yesterday, the South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security announced the official dates of 2014 South Korean public holidays, and particular those that are based on the Korean lunar calendar, and what happens when any of the 2014 South Korean public holidays falls on a Sunday.  03 May 2013 South Korean 2015 Public Holidays Changes (Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) After weeks of back and forth, the South Korean National Assembly has finally passed a version of the "Substitute Holiday Bill" and which will automatically declare a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday on the Mondays which follow an annual non-working public holiday falling on a Sunday.  29 Apr 2013 South Korean Public Holidays Changes Postponed (Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) The "Substitute Holiday Bill" introduced by the Park Geun-hye administration of South Korea, and which would automatically declare a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday on the Mondays which follow an annual non-working public holiday falling on a Sunday, did not pass, though it had been expected to, a vote in Commission, and its consideration has been postponed until September 2013.  20 Apr 2013 South Korean Day In Lieu Public Holidays Update 2 (Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) The "Substitute Holiday Bill" introduced by the Park Geun-hye administration of South Korea, and which would automatically declare a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday on the Mondays which follow an annual non-working public holiday falling on a Sunday, is expected to be passed in the National Assembly before the end of the month, according to local media reports.  24 Dec 2012 South Korea Hangeul Public Holiday Restored (Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) The South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security has announced that, at its last meeting, the cabinet approved the previously-announced plan to restore Hangeul Day as a non-working public holiday in South Korea.  11 Dec 2012 South Korea Announces 2013 Public Holidays (Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) The Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) has announced the official dates of the 2013 South Korean public holidays, and particular those that are based on the Korean lunar calendar.  07 Nov 2012 South Korea To Restore Hangeul Public Holiday (Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) South Korea's Ministry of Public Administration and Security has announced that Hangeul Day, on October 9, is likely to be restored as a non-working public holiday, beginning in 2013.  18 Jul 2012 South Korean Constitution Public Holiday Restored ? (Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) An initiative is gathering steam in South Korea's parliament to restore the July 17, Constitution Day, South Korean non-working public holiday, which was cancelled a few years ago.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the South Korea public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Laws: Official public holidays in South Korea are regulated by 3 laws/decrees: the Labor Day Act which establishes May 1st as a mandatory official public holiday applicable to all employers in Korea, the State Holidays Act which specifies government holidays, and finally the Ministry of Government and Home Affairs (MOGAHA)s Regulation on Closure Days for Public Offices.  Workweek: South Korea adopted a five-day workweek system nationwide starting July, 2005. Under the new system, all employees of public organizations as well as non-government workplaces with 300 employees or more will take Saturdays off.  Weekend Public Holidays: Public holidays that fall on a weekend are not moved to the following Monday (or any other weekday), even if 2 different public holidays fall on the same weekend day (as in 2006 for Buddha Day and Children Day, and in 2009 for the second day of the Ch'usok public holiday and Foundation Day).  Other holidays : Other national holidays are designated by the South Korean government when necessary, like general elections, presidential election, or local autonomy elections, but the days for by-elections or re-elections are not designated as national holidays.  Labor Day (May 1st) is not a national public holiday but all banks and many businesses do close.  Parents' Day (May 8th) Although it is observed, it is not a public holiday.  South Korea International Codes KR and KOR (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .kr (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of South Korea information and news: Bank of Korea (South Korea central bank), ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (South Korea maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in South Korea), and Wikipedia (includes South Korea commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in South Korea, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in South Korea that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Korean Calendar Public Holidays : Both traditional Korean calendars used in South Korea (solar and lunar) possess a structure very similar to their Chinese counterparts. However, the Korean calendars use Korea's time zone as a reference point, rather than Beijing's, to determine the date when a Korean lunar calendar or Korean Solar Calendar event occurs. This sometimes causes some holidays based on either of the Korean calendars to occur one day earlier than the corresponding Chinese date (this occurs, on average, in about 4% of the cases).


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2014 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for South Korea, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of South Korea, before planning any trip to South Korea. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.



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