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South Korea (Republic of) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Won (KRW)
  • Internet domain: .kr - Telephone code: +82 - International dialing code: 001 - GMT offset: +9 (DST: no)
  • Weekend: Sunday
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Saturday December 31, 2022Winter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday January 10, 2023Armed Forces DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday January 20, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday January 21, 2023SollalSecular holiday
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    Sunday January 22, 2023SollalSecular holiday
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    Sunday January 22, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday January 23, 2023SollalSecular holiday
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    Tuesday January 24, 2023SollalSecular holiday
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Tuesday February 28, 2023Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday March 1, 2023Movement towards Independence Day (Samiljol )Secular holiday
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    Tuesday March 14, 2023White DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Sunday March 19, 2023Seoul MarathonSports events
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    Wednesday April 5, 2023Arbor DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday April 7, 2023International Motor SalonTradeshows
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    Friday April 28, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labour DayBanks only
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    Thursday May 4, 2023Jeonju International Film FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday May 5, 2023Children DaySecular holiday
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    Monday May 8, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday May 8, 2023Parents DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Monday May 15, 2023Teachers' DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Saturday May 27, 2023Buddha's AnniversaryBuddhism (Vajrayana)
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    Wednesday May 31, 2023Tour de Korea DMZSports events
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    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    Winter holiday (beginning)

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    Saturday December 31, 2022
    School holidays :

    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Armed Forces Day

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    Tuesday January 10, 2023
    Culture :

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday January 20, 2023
    School holidays :

    Sollal

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    Saturday January 21, 2023
    Secular holiday : Korean New Year Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Sollal

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    Sunday January 22, 2023
    Secular holiday : Korean New Year Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Sunday January 22, 2023
    School holidays :

    Sollal

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    Monday January 23, 2023
    Secular holiday : Korean New Year Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Sollal

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    Tuesday January 24, 2023
    Secular holiday : Korean New Year Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Winter holiday (end)

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    Tuesday February 28, 2023
    School holidays : Https://moe.go.kr
    International schools follow different calendars
    official calendar
    some variations according to the school
    School days are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    PISA ranking (average 493): 516 (among the 10 best WW)
    School day duration: 8:00 hours
    Schooling mandatory till age 15-16
    number of instructional hours per year in lower secondary education: 580
    Teaching languages: Korean
    schools are closed on Sunday
    school uniform (gyobock) required
    QS Best Student Cities in Seoul: #3
    Seoul National University ranking: Times Higher Education #72/QS ranking #35/Shanghai #101

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    Movement towards Independence Day (Samiljol )

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    Wednesday March 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Riots in 1919 against Japanese rule

    White Day

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    Tuesday March 14, 2023
    Culture : The opposite of Valentine’s Day: men give cakes or chocolates to women.

    Seoul Marathon

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    Sunday March 19, 2023
    Sports events : Http://marathon.donga.com/ 2023 edition NOT CONFIRMED

    Arbor Day

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    Wednesday April 5, 2023
    Culture : NOT a public holiday

    International Motor Salon

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Tradeshows : Lasts one week - in Busan - https://www.kintex.com 2023 edition NOT confirmed

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday April 28, 2023
    School holidays :

    Labour Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Banks only : Banks and most workers, but not public administration.

    Jeonju International Film Festival

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    Thursday May 4, 2023
    Culture : Https://eng.jeonjufest.kr lasts 10 days - in Jeonju 2023 edition NOT confirmed

    Children Day

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    Friday May 5, 2023
    Secular holiday : South Korean Children's Day was created by Bhang Jung Hwan in 1923. It was originally on May 1, later changed to May 5 in 1946. It was officially adopted by government in 1973, and became a public holiday in 1975. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday May 8, 2023
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    Parents Day

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    Monday May 8, 2023
    Culture : Sons and daughters show their love and respect for their parents on this day. Parents’ Day is not a national holiday. Banks and shops are open for business.

    Teachers' Day

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    Monday May 15, 2023
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    Buddha's Anniversary

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    Saturday May 27, 2023
    Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born on April 8th, 623 B.C.E. in ancient northern India (now in Nepal) as Prince Siddhartha. It is a holiday observed by Buddhists throughout the world, though the exact date may differ from country to country.

    Tour de Korea DMZ

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    Wednesday May 31, 2023
    Sports events : Cycling race 2023 edition NOT CONFIRMED