South Korea Public Holidays

There are three category of holidays in South Korea i.e. National Celebration Day, National Flag Raising Day, and Public Day Off.

A public holiday in South Korea may belong to one or two categories above. To illustrate, all public holidays from the category of National Celebration Day also belong to Flag Raising Day. Meanwhile, the Flag Raising Day holidays do not necessarily belong to National Celebration Day.

Here is the list of South Korea 2014 public holidays calendar. Please note that this South Korea holidays calendar for year 2014 is only an estimate. We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of this holidays calendar.

South Korea Public Holidays 2014 Calendar

South Korea Holidays 2014
Here is South Korea 2014 holidays calendar.

New Year’s Day (Sinjeong)
1st day of the year in Gregorian calendar
(public day off)
New Year 2014
Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Korean New Year’s Day (Seollal)
1st of the year in Korean lunar calendar
(public day off for 3 days)
Seollal 2014
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Friday, 31 January 2014
Saturday, 1 February 2014

Independence (Declaration) Day (Samiljeol)
Commemorates the independent movement on March 1, 1919, and the declaration of Korean independence from the imperial of Japan.
(public day off)
Samiljeol 2014
Saturday, 1 March 2014

Children’s Day (Eorininal)
A day to appreciate children’s achievement and promote their happiness.
(public day off)
Eorininal 2014
Monday, 5 May 2014

Buddha’s Birthday (Seokgatansinil)
A Buddhist festival to celebrate the birth of the Buddha. It is one of the two most important holidays in South Korea.
(public day off)
Seokgatansinil 2014
Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Memorial Day (Hyeonchung-il)
Commemorates South Korean troops who died in military service in attempt of defending the nation.
(public day off)
Hyeonchung-il 2014
Friday, 6 June 2014

Constitution Day (Jeheonjeol)
Celebrates the declaration of the first constitution of Korean Republic in 1948.
(public day off)
Jeheonjeol 2014
Thursday, 17 July 2014

Liberation Day (Gwangbokjeol)
Celebrates national liberation from the colonialism of Japan in 1945.
(public day off)
Gwangbokjeol 2014
Friday, 15 August 2014

Korean Thanksgiving (Chuseok)
Also known as “Han-gawi” or “Mid-Autumn Festival”. It is one of the most important holidays in South Korea to celebrate the good harvest.
(public day off for 3 days)
Chuseok 2014
Sunday, 7 September 2014
Monday, 8 September 2014
Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Armed Forces Day (Gukgunuinal)
A special day to recognize, venerate, and honor the military forces of South Korea.
(working day)
Armed Forces Day 2014
Tuesday, 1 October 2014

National Foundation Day (Gaecheonjeol)
Celebrates the foundation of the first Korean nation – Gojoseon.
(public day off)
Foundation Day 2014
Friday, 3 October 2014

Hangul Day (Hangeullal)
Celebrates the invention of Korean alphabet (Hangul) (1943) and the proclamation of Hangul (1946). South Korea is the only country that celebrates its alphabet invention.
(working day)
Hangul Day 2014
Thursday, 9 October 2014

Christmas Day (Gidoktansinil)
Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is a Christian festival.
(public day off)
Christmas 2014
Thursday, 25 December 2014

Types of Holidays in South Korea

National Celebration Days
National Celebration Days commemorates joyful events in South Korea. Holidays belong to National Celebration Days in South Korea are Independence Declaration Day, Constitution Day, Liberation Day, National Foundation Day, and Hangul Day.

National Flag Raising Days
South Korean people are encouraged to raise the national flag during National Flag Raising Days. All National Celebration Days belong to National Flag Raising Days. In addition to National Celebration Days, January 1, Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day are also National Flag Raising Days. On Memorial Day, people raise the flag at half-mast.

Public Day Off
Public Day Off is non-working holiday for government offices. Yet, many private businesses also follow this holiday.

Happy South Korea Public Holidays 2014 !