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South Korea Public Holidays 2017

Today – 29 June 2017 – is not a holiday in South Korea.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
27 Jan to 30 JanFri to MonSeollal
1 MarWedMarch 1st Movement Day
3 MayWedBuddha's Birthday
5 MayFriChildren's Day
6 JunTueMemorial Day
15 AugTueLiberation Day
3 Oct to 6 OctTue to FriChuseok
3 OctTueNational Foundation Day
9 OctMonHangeul Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day

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.