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South Korea To Restore Hangeul Public Holiday

Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul)
Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Most recent follow-up news item: June 15, 2020


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.

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).

The restoration of Hangeul Day as a non-working public holiday in South Korea, beginning in 2013, will be discussed at the South Korean government cabinet meeting of December 18, 2012.



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