Expanded substitute public holidays in Korea
The Ministry of Personnel Management (“인사혁신처”
in Korean) announced on July 15, 2021 that the government will expand application
of substitute public holiday additionally to 4 more public holidays including March
1 Independence Movement Day, August 15 National Liberation Day, October 3 National
Foundation Day and October 9 Hangeul Proclamation Day. Buddha's Birthday and
Christmas Day were excluded from the application of substitute public holidays
With this expanded application of substitute public
holidays, in the event where these 4 holidays fall on weekends, the following
Monday will be given as a substitute public holiday starting from this year. In
2021, August 15 National Liberation Day, October 3 National Foundation Day and
October 9 Hangeul Proclamation Day actually fall on weekends and hence the
following Mondays will be off-days.
Previously, the substitute public holidays were applied only
to 7 public holidays including the Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok Thanksgiving Day and Children's Day.