Festivals in Seoul, South Korea

  • The Lunar Year

    • 31 Jan 2014–2 Feb 2014

    The Lunar New Year (Seollal), during January or February causes not only Seoul but the whole country to come to a halt. It's a good time to check out the Korean Folk Village near Suwon or the Nori Madang at the National Theater to see the special performances of traditional dances or wedding ceremonies..

  • Korean Independence Day

    • 1 Mar 2014

    Korean Independence Day (March 1st) Koreans observe the anniversary of the March 1, 1919 Independence Movement against Japanese rule.

  • Arbor Day

    • 1 Apr 2014

    On this day, government officials, teachers, school children and thousands of Koreans throughout the country plant trees in accordance with the government's reforestation program. Note: Not all Korean schools view Arbor Day as a true national holiday.

  • Children's Day

    • 5 May 2014

    This is the day that Korean parents spoil their children with gifts, treats, games and trips to theme parks, zoo’s and other prominent area’s that are of interest to younger children.

  • Budhha's Birthday

    • 6 May 2014

    Solemn rituals are held at Buddhist temples, and the day's festivities are climaxed by a number of famous lantern parades across the country.

  • Memorial Day

    • 6 Jun 2014

    On this day the nation pays tribute to its war dead. Memorial services are held at the National Cemetery in Seoul.

  • Harvest Moon Festival

    • 7 Sep 2014–9 Sep 2014

    The most important national holiday of the year. During these 3 days Korean’s gather with family members to honor their deceased ancestors, clean off their ancestors tombs, give food and drink offerings, and pray.

  • National Foundation Day

    • 3 Oct 2014

    This day marks the founding of Korea by Tan-gun (God-King) in 2333 B.C. Korean’s celebrate over 4000 years of history during this holiday.

  • Christmas Day

    • 25 Dec 2014

    Christians and other citizens celebrate this holy day as in the West.

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