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South Korea Declares August 17 Public Holiday

Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul)
Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The South Korean government cabinet, in a meeting chaired by President Moon Jae-in, has declared Monday, August 17, 2020, as a one-off non-working public holiday to compensate the fact that the upcoming South Korean Independence Day public holiday falls on a Saturday, in 2020 ("I hope that it will serve as a small comfort to the people who are enduring inconveniences for the safety of everyone").

Earlier this year (2020-05-25), the South Korean government had announced that it was considering declaring Friday, August 14, 2020, the day before the National Liberation Day public holiday, which falls on a Saturday, in 2020, "to boost consumer spending in the times of the Covid19", as had been done, but for different reasons, in 2015, when the South Korean government declared Friday, August 14, 2015 as a one-off ("temporary") non-working public holiday in South Korea, due to the 70th anniversary of South Korea's liberation falling on a Saturday (2015-08-04).

In recent years, some tentatively announced one-off public holidays in South Korea came to pass while others did not (2019-04-13, 2019-03-06, 2019-02-17, 2018-04-12, 2018-04-10, 2017-09-05, 2017-08-27, 2016-04-28, 2016-04-25, 2015-08-04, 2015-08-02).

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