South Korea

Accurate, up-to-date public holidays, bank holidays, and observances in South Korea for 2018 ready to be integrated into your application.

The Republic of Korea is also referred to as South Korea. This East Asian country is located at the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. Korean history was first recorded in the 7th century BC. From 918-1897 two major dynasties ruled the land. With the fall of the Korean Empire, this territory was annexed to Japan in 1910. In 1945, Korea was divided into 2 countries. A few years later, on August 15, 1948, South Korea was founded. The Republic of Korea has the world’s fastest internet connection speeds and longest higher education years.

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Date Weekday Name Notes
January 1st Monday New Year's Day Long weekend.
February 14th Wednesday Valentine's Day
February 15th Thursday Korean New Year's Eve
February 16th Friday Korean New Year's Day Long weekend.
February 17th Saturday Second Day of the Korean New Year
March 1st Thursday Independence Movement Day
March 3rd Saturday World Wildlife Day
March 20th Tuesday March Equinox
April 5th Thursday Arbor Day
May 1st Tuesday Labor Day
May 5th Saturday Children's Day
May 8th Tuesday Parents' Day
May 15th Tuesday Teachers' Day
May 22nd Tuesday Buddha's Birthday
June 6th Wednesday Memorial Day
June 21st Thursday June Solstice
June 30th Saturday International Asteroid Day
July 17th Tuesday Constitution Day
July 18th Wednesday Nelson Mandela International Day
August 15th Wednesday Liberation Day
September 23rd Sunday Chuseok Eve
September 23rd Sunday September Equinox
September 24th Monday Chuseok Long weekend.
September 25th Tuesday Second Day of Chuseok
October 1st Monday Armed Forces Day
October 3rd Wednesday National Foundation Day
October 9th Tuesday Hangul Day
December 21st Friday December Solstice
December 24th Monday Christmas Eve
December 25th Tuesday Christmas Day
December 31st Monday New Year's Eve
Public holidays (national, legal, government, civic, etc) are denoted in bold.
Holiday data for far-reaching years is subject to change due to laws and government decrees.
Long weekends are based on non-working days and not Saturday and Sunday explicitly.

We are continuously monitoring for changes to this data to ensure we're providing the most accurate information possible.
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To retrieve this list of holidays, simply make a GET request to /v1/holidays:
GET /v1/holidays
$ curl -G -d country="KR" -d year="2018" -d pretty
-d key="__YOUR_API_KEY__"
import ""
hapi := holidayapi.NewV1("__YOUR_API_KEY__")
holidays, err := hapi.Holidays(map[string]interface{}{
  "country": "KR",
  "year": "2018",
import { HolidayAPI } from 'holidayapi';
const key = '__YOUR_API_KEY__'
const holidayApi = new HolidayAPI({ key });
  country: 'KR',
  year: '2018',
$key = '__YOUR_API_KEY__';
$holiday_api = new \HolidayAPI\Client(['key' => $key]);
$holidays = $holiday_api->holidays([
  'country' => 'KR',
  'year' => '2018',
$Body = @{}
$Body.key = "__YOUR_API_KEY__"
$ = "KR"
$Body.year = "2018"
$Result = Invoke-RestMethod -Uri $Url -Body $Body
import holidayapi
key = '__YOUR_API_KEY__'
hapi = holidayapi.v1(key)
holidays = hapi.holidays({
  'country': 'KR',
  'year': '2018',
require 'ruby-holidayapi'
key = '__YOUR_API_KEY__'
hapi =
holidays = hapi.holidays({
  'country': 'KR',
  'year': '2018',