Liberation Day or Gwangbokjeol is a public holiday in South Korea to commemorate Korea’s liberation from Japan’s rule. Thus, Liberation Day is also known as Victory over Japan Day and celebrated by many other countries who were once ruled by Japan. Korean people observe Liberation Day on August 15 every year.
When is Korean Liberation Day 2014?
Korean Liberation Day 2014 falls on Friday, 15 August 2014.
When is Korean Liberation Day 2015?
Korean Liberation Day 2015 falls on Saturday, 15 August 2015.
Origin of Korean Liberation Day
The origin of Korean Liberation Day dates back to August 15, 1945 when Japan announced its surrender in the World War II. The surrender of Japan marked the end of World War II as well as the liberation of many countries under Japan’s rule including South Korea. August 15 is then considered Korean Liberation Day and observed as one of South Korean public holidays.
Korean Liberation Day Celebration
Korean Liberation Day is a statutory holiday in South Korea so that most schools, businesses, government offices, and banks are closed during the day. Yet, many hotels, restaurants, and places of interests in Korea remain open. Some public museums and places of interest even allow visitors to enter without any entrance fee during Liberation Day.
On that day, the President of Korea usually attend a formal ceremony held at Independence Hall of Korea or Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. One Korea’s liberation song “Gwangbokjeol” is sung on the ceremony. During Korean Liberation Day, the President usually issues special pardons for some well-behaved prisoners.
People are suggested to raise Korean National Flag during the celebration of Korean Liberation Day. They use the holiday to gather with family and visit some places of interest in South Korea. Special on this Liberation Day, people may use some public transportation such as buses and intercity trains for free.