South Korea Public Holidays 2018


 
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South Korea bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 6 months of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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South Korea Public Holidays in 2018 Observance*
Jan.  1 Mon New Year's Day
Feb. 15 Thu Seol-nal Holiday
     16 Fri Seol-nal (Lunar New Year)
     17 Sat Seol-nal Holiday
Mar.  1 Thu Sam Il Jul (Samil Day)
May   1 Tue Labor Day Bnk+Othr
      5 Sat Orininal (Children's Day)
      7 Mon Children's Day Holiday Government
     22 Tue Sukka Tansin Il (Buddha Day)
June  6 Wed Hyun Choong Il (Memorial Day)
      6 Wed Public Holiday (Local Elections) (date to be confirmed) Bnk+Othr+Gov
Aug.    Wed Kwang Bok Jul (Independence Day)
Sep.    Sun Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival)
        Mon Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival)
        Tue Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival)
        Wed Chusok Holiday Government
Oct.    Wed Kae Chun Jul (Foundation Day)
        Tue Hangeul Day
Dec.    Tue Christmas Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

11 Oct 2017 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.  05 Sep 2017 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.  27 Aug 2017 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.  07 Jul 2017 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.  01 Mar 2017 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.  12 Jan 2017 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.  09 Jul 2016 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.  28 Apr 2016 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.  25 Apr 2016 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.  08 Dec 2015 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.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the South Korea public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Laws: Official public holidays in South Korea are regulated by 3 laws/decrees: the Labor Day Act which establishes May 1st as a mandatory official public holiday applicable to all employers in Korea, the State Holidays Act which specifies government holidays, and finally the Ministry of Government and Home Affairs (MOGAHA)s Regulation on Closure Days for Public Offices.  Workweek: South Korea adopted a five-day workweek system nationwide starting July, 2005. Under the new system, all employees of public organizations as well as non-government workplaces with 300 employees or more will take Saturdays off.  Weekend Public Holidays: Public holidays that fall on a weekend are not moved to the following Monday (or any other weekday), even if 2 different public holidays fall on the same weekend day (as in 2006 for Buddha Day and Children Day, and in 2009 for the second day of the Ch'usok public holiday and Foundation Day).  Other holidays : Other national holidays are designated by the South Korean government when necessary, like general elections, presidential election, or local autonomy elections, but the days for by-elections or re-elections are not designated as national holidays.  Labor Day (May 1st) is not a national public holiday but all banks and many businesses do close.  Parents' Day (May 8th) Although it is observed, it is not a public holiday.  South Korea International Codes KR and KOR (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .kr (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of South Korea information and news: Bank of Korea (South Korea central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (South Korea maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in South Korea), and Wikipedia (includes South Korea commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in South Korea, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in South Korea that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Korean Calendar Public Holidays : Both traditional Korean calendars used in South Korea (solar and lunar) possess a structure very similar to their Chinese counterparts. However, the Korean calendars use Korea's time zone as a reference point, rather than Beijing's, to determine the date when a Korean lunar calendar or Korean Solar Calendar event occurs. This sometimes causes some holidays based on either of the Korean calendars to occur one day earlier than the corresponding Chinese date (this occurs, on average, in about 4% of the cases).


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2018 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for South Korea, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of South Korea, before planning any trip to South Korea. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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