Living Information

National Holidays

New Year's Day (January 1)

People exchange New Year's greetings and cards. It is not considered as important as the Lunar New Year's Day since it is not a traditional holiday.

Lunar New Year's Day (Lunar January 1)

This is the most significant holiday of the year and lasts for three days. People wear traditional dress, pay tribute to their ancestors,,and wish their relatives and friends good luck in the new year. On this day, rice cake soup is served for breakfast after which families gather and play various traditional games.

Independence Movement Day (March 1)

It celebrates the independence movement against Japanese colonial rule which took place in 1919.

Buddha's Birthday (Lunar April 8)

This day celebrates the birth of Buddha. In the evening, a street parade with multi-colored lanterns is held while bright lanterns are lit in all Buddhist temples.

Children's Day (May 5)

This is a very happy day for children as they are celebrated and receive gifts.

Memorial Day (June 6)

This day pays tribute to and remembers those who sacrificed their lives for the country.

Liberation Day (August 15)

This day celebrates Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule which lasted 36 years. Many events take place throughout the country including parades and fireworks.

Chuseok - Korean Thanksgiving Day (Lunar August 15)

Together with Lunar New Year's Day, Chuseok is one of the most important traditional holidays, and is also celebrated for three days. Traffic congestion should be expected on all highways since everyone heads for their hometowns bringing gifts for their parents.

National Foundation Day (October 3)

This is the day Tangun founded Korea in 2333 BC.

Hangul Day (October 9)

It is a day to celebrate the excellence of Hangul and to commemorate King Sejong who made Hunminjeongum. On this day in Korea, the national flag of the Republic of Korea is hoisted.

Christmas (December 25)

As in other countries of the world, the birth of Christ is celebrated on this day and people exchange cards and gifts.