Korean Holidays 2020

Below is a list of the 2020 holidays in Korea. You can download the 2020 Korean Holiday Calendar in PDF format – HERE

Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Wed New Year’s Day
24 -27 Jan Fri to Mon Seollal / Korean New Year
1 Mar Sun March 1st Movement Day
15 Apr Wed Elections for the Parliament
30 Apr Thu Buddha’s Birthday
1 May Fri Labor Day (Business Sector Only)
5 May Tue Children’s Day
6 Jun Sat Memorial Day
15 Aug Sat Liberation Day
30 Sep- 2 Oct Wed to Fri Chuseok / Thanksgiving
3 Oct Sat National Foundation Day
9 Oct Fri Korean Alphabet Day
25 Dec Fri Christmas Day

Korean Holidays

Here is a short summary of the main and most important holidays in Korea:

Seollal / Korean New Year

Seollal is one of the most important traditional Korean holidays as it celebrates the beginning of the Korean New Year.

Korean New Year generally occurs in January or February on the second new moon after the winter solstice, and typically falls on the same day as Chinese New Year.

Chuseok – Korean Thanksgiving

Chuseok, literally “Autumn eve”, is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in both North- and South Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar on the full moon.