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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to South Korea public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of April 2019, and covering calendar year 2028 South Korea public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of South Korea public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Apr
  • 13
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  • South Korea April 11 Public Holiday Update

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - A bill has been introduced in South Korea's Parliament to declare April 11 and September 17 as new annual national non-working public holidays in South Korea.
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  • Mar
  • 6
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  • South Korea Rules-Out April 11 Public Holiday

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The Cheong Wa Dae (the Korean presidential residence) has indicated that it was abandoning the idea of declaring Thursday, April 11, 2019, as a one-off non-working public holiday in South Korea to commemorate the centennial of the government in exile in Shanghai.
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  • Feb
  • 17
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  • South Korea Mulls April 11 Public Holiday

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - Sources at the Cheong Wa Dae (the Korean presidential residence) indicate that they will seek cabinet approval to declare Thursday, April 11, 2019, as a one-off non-working public holiday in South Korea to commemorate the centennial of the government in exile in Shanghai.
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2018

  • Apr
  • 12
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  • South Korea Rules-Out May 8 Public Holiday

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - Following today's cabinet meeting, the South Korean ruling Minjoo Party has announced that it would not declare Parent’s Day as a new annual non-working public holiday in South Korea.
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  • Apr
  • 10
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  • South Korea Mulls May 8 Public Holiday

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The South Korean ruling Democratic Party’s chief policy maker, Kim Tae-Nyeon, has announced that the South Korean government was considering declaring Parent’s Day, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, as a non-working public holiday in South Korea, as a non-working public holiday in South Korea, to create a 4-day period of South Korean non-working public holidays and boost the economy.
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2017

  • Oct
  • 11
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  • South Korean 2025 and 2028 Public Holiday Preview

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - With the recent 10-day Chuseok public holidays of South Korea barely over, speculation is already rife that similar one-off bridge public holidays will be declared by the Government of South Korea, in 2025 and 2028, when a similar configuration of the Chuseok and Hanugeul public holidays of South Korea and adjoining weekends occurs.
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  • Sep
  • 5
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  • South Korean October 2 Public Holiday Confirmed

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The Government of South Korea, at today's cabinet meeting, has officialized the declaration of Monday, October 2, 2017, as a one-off (temporary) non-working public holiday in South Korea, to link the annual Chuseok South Korean public holiday with the preceding weekend.
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  • Aug
  • 27
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  • South Korean October 2 Public Holiday Flip-Flop

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The Government of South Korea is reconsidering its earlier announced declaration of Monday, October 2, 2017, as a one-off (temporary) non-working public holiday in South Korea, to link the annual Chuseok South Korean public holiday with the preceding weekend.
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  • Jul
  • 7
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  • South Korea Public Holiday October 2

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The Government of South Korea decided to declare Monday, October 2, 2017, as a one-off (temporary) non-working public holiday in South Korea, to link the annual Chuseok South Korean public holiday with the preceding weekend and thus create a 9-day period of South Korean non-working public holidays and boost the economy.
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  • Mar
  • 1
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  • South Korean 2018 Public Holidays Announced

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security, basing itself on data from the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute announced the official dates of 2018 South Korean annual non-working public holidays, including those that are based on the Korean lunar calendar, and those 2018 South Korean public holidays which fall on a Sunday.
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  • Jan
  • 12
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  • South Korea Encourages May 2017 Public Holidays

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The Ministry of Labor of the Government of South Korea has announced that it was encouraging employers and employee unions to come to an agreement whereby Tuesday, May 2, and Thursday, May 4, 2017, could be treated as temporary non-working public holidays in South Korea, thus creating a 9-day period of non-working public holidays in South Korea, from Saturday, April 29, until Sunday, May 7, 2017.
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2016

  • Jul
  • 9
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  • South Korean Mulls Happy Monday Public Holidays

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The South Korean Government is considering moving some of the fixed-date non-working public holidays of South Korea so that they always occur on a Monday.
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  • Apr
  • 28
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  • South Korea Declares May 6 Public Holiday

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - Earlier today, at the Cabinet meeting chaired by President Park Geun-hye, the Government of South Korea decided to go ahead and declare Friday, May 6, 2016, as a one-off (temporary) non-working public holiday in South Korea, to link the annual Orimal (Children's Day) South Korean public holiday with the subsequent weekend and thus create a 4-day period of South Korean non-working public holidays and boost the economy.
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  • Apr
  • 25
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  • South Korea Mulls May 5-6 Public Holidays

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The South Korean government's Ministry for Sports culture and Tourism has announced that the South Korean government was considering declaring Friday, May 6, 2016, the day after the annual Children's Day non-working public holiday of South Korea, as a one-off ("temporary") non-working public holiday in South Korea, to create a 4-day period of South Korean non-working public holidays and boost the economy.
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2015

  • Dec
  • 8
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  • South Korean 2017 Public Holidays Announced

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security announced the official dates of 2017 South Korean annual non-working public holidays, including those that are based on the Korean lunar calendar, and those 2017 South Korean public holidays which fall on a Sunday.
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  • Aug
  • 4
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  • South Korean August 14-15 Public Holidays Approved

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The South Korean government, at its cabinet meeting of earlier today, approved the previously-discussed declaration of Friday, August 14, 2015, the day before the annual National Liberation Day non-working public holiday of South Korea, as a one-off ("temporary") non-working public holiday in South Korea, due to the annual Liberation Day non-working public holiday falling on a Saturday in 2015, the 70th anniversary of South Korea's liberation.
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  • Aug
  • 2
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  • South Korea Mulls August 14-15 Public Holidays

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - Earlier today, an official for the South Korean government cabinet announced that the South Korean government was considering declaring Friday, August 14, 2015, the day before the annual National Liberation Day non-working public holiday of South Korea, as a one-off ("temporary") non-working public holiday in South Korea, due to the annual Liberation Day non-working public holiday falling on a Saturday in 2015, the 70th anniversary of South Korea's liberation.
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2014

  • Dec
  • 12
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  • South Korean 2015-2016 Public Holidays

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security announced the official dates of 2015 and 2016 South Korean annual non-working public holidays, including those that are based on the Korean lunar calendar, and those 2015-2016 South Korean public holidays which fall on a Sunday.
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  • Aug
  • 28
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  • 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.
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2013

  • Dec
  • 10
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  • 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.
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  • Sep
  • 23
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  • 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.
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  • May
  • 3
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  • 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.
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  • Apr
  • 29
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  • 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.
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  • Apr
  • 20
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  • 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.
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2012

  • Dec
  • 24
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  • 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.
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  • Dec
  • 11
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  • 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.
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  • Nov
  • 7
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  • 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.
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  • Jul
  • 18
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  • 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 canceled a few years ago.
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  • Apr
  • 8
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  • South Korean Public Holiday April 11

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The South Korean government has declared Wednesday, April 11, 2012, as a one-off exceptional public holiday on account of the upcoming parliamentary election.
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2011

  • Jun
  • 20
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  • South Korean Day In Lieu Public Holidays Update

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The South Korean government has announced that it was examining a stimulus plan which would encourage a "substitute public holiday system" giving the next day off when public holidays overlap or fall on a Sunday.
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  • Mar
  • 3
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  • South Korea Announces 2012 Public Holidays

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) has announced the official dates of the 2012 South Korean public holidays, and particular those that are based on the Korean lunar calendar.
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2010

  • Dec
  • 2
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  • South Korea Announces 2011 Public Holidays

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute has announced the official dates of the 2011 South Korean public holidays that are based on the Korean lunar calendar.
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2009

  • Dec
  • 6
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  • South Korea Announces 2010 Public Holidays

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute has announced the official dates of the 2010 South Korean public holidays that are based on the Korean lunar calendar.
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  • Aug
  • 21
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  • South Korea Announces Kim Dae-jung Funeral Details

    Joong Ang Daily (Seoul) - The government of South Korea has finally announced that a state funeral would be held Sunday, August 22, 2009, for the late former President Kim Dae-Jung.
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  • Aug
  • 18
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  • South Korea Could Declare State Funeral Public Holiday

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - Following the death of former President Kim Dae-Jung, earlier this afternoon, the government of South Korea has announced that a cabinet meeting, tomorrow, Wednesday, would decide as to the format of the funeral.
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  • Jul
  • 10
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  • South Korea To Review Weekend Public Holidays Rules

    Chosun Ilbo (Seoul) - South Korea's Ministry of Strategy and Finance has announced that, together with the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, it would consider implementing compensating day in lieu public holidays when a public holiday falls on a weekend.
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  • Feb
  • 5
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  • South Korea Confirms 2010 Sunday Public Holidays

    Chosun (Seoul) - South Korea's Astronomy and Space Science Institute confirmed the 2010 dates for the Seol-Nal (lunar New Year) and Chuseok (harvest festival) public holidays, with Seol-Nal falling on a Sunday.
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2008

  • Dec
  • 9
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  • South Korea's Parliament Considering Day In Lieu Public Holidays

    The Korea Times (Seoul) - Fifteen lawmakers from South Korea's governing Grand National Party (GNP) have signed up for a bill authored by Representative Yoon Sang-Hyun, which would make the Monday following a Sunday public holiday also a public holiday.
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  • Jul
  • 17
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  • South Korea Celebrates 60th Constitution Anniversary National Holiday

    Chosun - Today, South Korea marks the 60th anniversary of its post-war constitution, and for the first time this national holiday is not a public holiday (ie. it is a regular working day).
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  • Apr
  • 22
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  • South Korea's Corporations And Government Mostly Off May 1-5

    Chosun - There are reports that many large corporations in South Korea have either given May 2nd, 2008, as a day off, or encouraged their workers to take a day of leave on that day, with the result that one can expect most banks, government services and large corporations to be hard to reach from May 1st to May 5th, 2008, inclusively.
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  • Apr
  • 8
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  • South Korea April 9 General Elections Day Public Holiday

    AFP and WSMV - The General Elections of tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9, 2008, will be a partial public holiday, in the sense that government offices will be closed, and most businesses will either close, or will give 2-3 hours to its employees to go and vote.
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2006

  • Dec
  • 21
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  • South Korea Election Day Public Holiday

    The Chosun Ilbo (Seoul) - The next presidential election will occur on December 19, 2007. This will be a partial public holiday.
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  • Oct
  • 24
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  • South Korea UN Day Today

    Digital Chosunilbo (Seoul) - Korea Observes UN Day. South Korea's independence was largely supported by the UN, which is why Oct. 24 has been observed as UN Day.
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  • Oct
  • 9
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  • South Korea Celebrates the 560th Hangeul Day

    Korea.net - The 560th Hangeul Day, which falls on Oct. 9, in 2006, was re-designated a national holiday last year, but considering the increased number of holidays following the adoption of the five-day workweek, the government did not make it a legal day off.
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  • Sep
  • 20
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  • South Korea Double Public Holidays Update

    Chosun Ilbo (Seoul) - Due to the occurrence of 2 holidays, Tuesday and Thursday, during the week of October 2-6, 2006, many companies are closing for the entire week.
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2005

  • Sep
  • 14
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  • South Korea 2006-2018 Public Holidays Reduced

    Chosun Ilbo (Seoul) - South Korea's Astronomy and Space Science Institute has announced that, for the period 2006-2018, at least one of the two extended South Korean public holidays, Chuseok and the Lunar New Year, will fall on a weekend, with both extended public falling on a weekend in 2009 and 2012.
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  • Jun
  • 21
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  • South Korea Cancels 2 Public Holidays

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - Yesterday, at a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Lee Hae-Chan, the Cabinet approved the removal of the two holidays from the list of public holidays in South Korea.
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2004

  • Mar
  • 16
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  • South Korea Declares April 15 Electoral Public Holiday

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - The government of South Korea has declared Thursday, April 15, 2004, as a one-off electoral public holiday on account of that day's polls for the 17th National Assembly.
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2003

  • Sep
  • 4
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  • South Korea Cancels Arbor Day Public Holiday

    Korea.net - The government of South Korea announced yesterday that it had decided to exclude April 5, Arbor Day from the list of public holidays, starting with the year 2005.
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2002

  • Jun
  • 24
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  • South Korea Declares July 1st World Cup Public Holiday

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - South Korean Chongwadae (presidential offices) spokesperson, Park Sun-Sook, has announced that the government of South Korea had decided to declare next Monday, July 1, 2002, the day after the World Cup final, a public holiday, "irrespective of the result of the semifinal match between Korea and Germany on Tuesday, June 25, 2002".
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  • Jun
  • 22
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  • South Korea Could Declare July 1 World Cup Public Holiday

    AsiaPulse News - The South Korean Government is considering making Monday, July 1, 2002, a one-off public holiday in the event that South Korea would qualify for the finals of the 2002 Football World Cup, in tomorrow's semi-final match against Germany.
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1999

  • Nov
  • 8
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  • South Korea Declares Two Y2K Bank Holidays

    Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) - South Korea has ordered its banks and financial institutions to close for four days over New Year to guard against possible Y2K issues. Two additional bank holidays will be added, on December 31, 1999, and on January 3, 2000.
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See also: South Korea bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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