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South Korea

Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Please scroll below to view.
South Koreans are entitled to 16 holidays per year.  This makes South Korea one of the countries with the top holiday entitlements, behind India and Colombia.

Public holidays in South Korea are governed by the following regulations:

  • Labor Standards Act
  • Act on Establishment of Labor Day,
  • Regulation on Closure Days for Public Offices (Government Decree)

Prior to 2013, national holidays that fell on a Saturday or Sunday were not substituted on the following work day. However, the Regulation on Closure Days for Public Offices was introduced to substitute a number of overlapping holidays. Specifically, they are:

  • Lunar New Year’s Day (if the holiday overlaps with Sunday or other public holidays)
  • Korean Thanksgiving Day (if the holiday overlaps with Sunday or other public holidays)
  • Children’s Day (if the holiday overlaps with Saturday, Sunday or other public holidays)

Labor Day or Workers’ Day (1 May) is not an official public holiday in South Korea. However, according to the Labor Day Act, employers can stipulate that 1 May be made an official holiday within the company’s rules of employment. For instance, banking institutions and most commercial business are closed that day.

Public Holidays 2016

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
7 FebSunSeollal
8 FebMonSeollal
9 FebTueSeollal
10 FebWedSeollal
1 MarTueMarch 1st Movement /
Independence Movement Day
5 MayThuChildren's Day
6 MayFriSpecial Public Holiday
14 MaySatBuddha's Birthday
6 JunMonMemorial Day
15 AugMonLiberation Day
14 SepWedChuseok / Korean Thanksgiving
15 SepThuChuseok / Korean Thanksgiving
16 SepFriChuseok / Korean Thanksgiving
3 OctMonNational Foundation Day
(Gaecheonjeol)
9 OctSunHangeul Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
27 JanFriSeollal
28 JanSatSeollal
29 JanSunSeollal
1 MarWedMarch 1st Movement /
Independence Movement Day
3 MayWedBuddha's Birthday
5 MayFriChildren's Day
6 JunTueMemorial Day
15 AugTueLiberation Day
3 OctTueChuseok / Korean Thanksgiving
3 OctTueNational Foundation Day
(Gaecheonjeol)
4 OctWedChuseok / Korean Thanksgiving
5 OctThuChuseok / Korean Thanksgiving
9 OctMonHangeul Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day