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South Korean Substitute Public Holidays Beginning 2014

Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul)
Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Most recent follow-up news item: August 28, 2014

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.

Today's announcement puts an end (?) to a year of frenzied rumours and counter-rumours on the topic of "substitute" public holidays in South Korea (2013-05-03, 2013-04-29, and 2013-04-20).

The topic of "substitute" or "day in lieu" public holidays had been a recurring topic in the South Korean news. Two years ago (2011-06-20), the South Korean government had 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.

Two years before that (2009-07-10), then South Korea's Ministry of Strategy and Finance had 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.

The year before that (2008-12-09), fifteen lawmakers from South Korea's then governing Grand National Party (GNP) had signed up for a bill which would make the Monday following a Sunday public holiday also a public holiday.

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