Category Archives: Korean Holidays

Hangul Day

Hangul Day: Celebrate the Korean Alphabet

October 9th is Hangul Day in South Korea. Hangul Day is celebrated on January 15th north of the DMZ. Hangul Day is a day set aside to celebrate the Korean alphabet, known as Hangul. The day is known as 한글날 (Hangulnal) in Korean, and is also known as ‘Hangul Proclamation Day’. At first, it might…

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Chuseok in Korea

Chuseok in Korea (Korean Thanksgiving)

Chuseok (추석) is the Korean version of Thanksgiving, celebrated every fall. It’s a three-day holiday, one among the biggest and most important holidays in Korea, and it’s celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the lunar calendar. In 2017, Chuseok in Korea will be celebrated from 4th October to 6th October. Let’s go…

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National Foundation Day in Korea

National Foundation Day in Korea

Does anyone know what special public holiday falls on October 3rd in South Korea? If you said ‘National Foundation Day’, then it’s time to give yourself a pat on the back! Known as Gaecheonjeol (개천절) in Korean, National Foundation Day in Korea is often confused by foreigners with Korean Liberation Day (광복절, Gwangbokjeol). We’ll explain why…

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Buddha's Birthday in Korea

Buddha’s Birthday in Korea

Ready for some spring celebration? May is known in Korea as the month of holidays as it contains Children’s Day, Parent’s Day, Teacher’s Day, and Buddha’s birthday. However, out of these, only Children’s Day and Buddha’s birthday are national holidays, or ‘red days’ as they are known. Today, we’ll tell you all about Buddha’s birthday!…

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Children's Day in Korea

Children’s Day in Korea

Everybody in Korea gets excited when they look at the calendar and notice that one of the days is written in red. These special ‘red days’ are national holidays, which means that salaried workers get a day off work and children get a day off school. One of the ‘red days’ in May is Children’s…

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Korean Independence Day

Korean Independence Day (Gwangbokjeol)

If you are traveling around the Jamsil area of Seoul between the Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park, then you are bound to notice the flags of different world countries that are hung in the middle of the road. Every now and then, all of the flags are all taken down and replaced with Korean national…

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Independence Movement Day (Samil) in KoreaIndependence Movement Day (Samil) in Korea

Independence Movement Day (Samil) in Korea

Korea has a number of national holidays, or ‘red days’, each year. This means that most businesses and government offices are closed on these days. However, restaurants and other entertainment venues are often still open. Independence Movement Day is a national holiday in South Korea. We’ll tell you all about it! What is Independence Movement…

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Korean Lunar New Year in Korea

Korean Lunar New Year in Korea

In Korea, there are two major holidays: 1. Korean Thanksgiving, known as Chuseok in Korean 2. Lunar New Year, known as Seollal in Korean Seollal (설날) looks like seolnal, but is pronounced seollal in Korean. When an ㄴ sound follows a ㄹ sound, its pronunciation changes to ㄹ to make it easier to say. Seollal…

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