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South Korea Hangeul Public Holiday Restored

Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul)
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012


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.

Last month (2012-11-07), South Korea's Ministry of Public Administration and Security had announced that Hangeul Day, on October 9, was likely to be restored as a non-working public holiday, beginning in 2013, and that the restoration of Hangeul Day as a non-working public holiday in South Korea, would be discussed at the cabinet meeting of December 18, 2012.

Hangeul Day, the date set aside to celebrate the invention and proclamation of the Korean alphabet, was an official non-working public holiday in South Korea from 1949 until 1990.

It was then was re-designated a national holiday in 2005, but considering the increased number of holidays following the adoption of the five-day workweek, the government did not make it an official non-working public holiday at the time (2006-10-09).



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