Liberation Day (South Korea)

Liberation Day is a public holiday in both South and North Korea, and it is observed on August 15 each year.

Liberation Day commemorates the victory over Japan during the World War II, when the announcement of Japan's surrender was made on August 15, 1945. On this day, the United States and Soviet forces helped end the Japanese colonial rule of Korea that lasts from 1910 to 1945.

In 1910, the Japanese forced Korea signed the Japan–Korea Treaty of 1910, and Korea became a colony of Japan. Many independence movements including the Independence Movement Day in 1919 took place cross the country during the Japanese rule.

In 1945, the Allies liberated the Korean Peninsula, and Korea finally threw off the Japanese colonization. On August 15, 1948, the independent Korean government was established.

The following is the list of Liberation Day in South Korea from 2021 to 2025.

HolidayDateWeekday
Liberation DayAug 15, 2021Sunday
Liberation DayAug 15, 2022Monday
Liberation DayAug 15, 2023Tuesday
Liberation DayAug 15, 2024Thursday
Liberation DayAug 15, 2025Friday

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