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Public Holiday System

Days and hours of duty

Days of duty of an administrative agency
  • Public holidays designated under the Regulations On Public Holidays Of Government Offices are excluded from working days
  • Civil servants have Saturdays off under Article 9 of the State Public Officials Service Regulations. 4. Prohibition on Profit-Making Business and Permission for Holding Concurrent Offices Provided, however, that the head of each administrative agency shall operate a complaint situation room
Hours of duty (Monday through Friday)
  • Civil servants' hours of duty shall be 40 hours a week excluding the lunch hour in both summer and winter seasons and, in principle, they have Saturdays off
  • Civil servants' hours of duty shall be from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, and the lunch hour shall be from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and excluded from the hours of duty
  • Hours of duty may be changed during emergency duty, depending on the emergency duty system
  • Hours of duty may not be altered by an administrative agency unless in accordance with Articles 10 and 11 of the Service Regulations, in order to keep administrative processing seamless, maintain fairness among agencies and to prevent confusion among the public regarding agency operation hours

Public holidays of administrative agencies

Public holidays (Article 2 of the Regulations On Public Holidays Of Government Offices)
  • Sundays: 52 Sundays a year on average
  • National holidays: The March 1st Independence Movement Day, Independence Day, National Foundation Day of Korea, and Hangul (the Korean alphabet) Day among national holidays under the Act of National Holidays
  • Anniversaries: Children's Day and Memorial Day under the Regulations on Anniversaries, etc.
  • Other holidays: The first day of January, the day preceding Seollal (Korean New Year's Day), Seollal, and the day following Seollal, Buddha's Birthday, the day preceding Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day), Chuseok, and the day following Chuseok, Christmas Day
  • Election days for elections held on the termination of terms of office referred to in Article 34 of the Public Official Election Act
Alternative Public Holidays

Where Seollal or Chuseok holidays overlap with other public holidays or Children’s Day overlaps with a Saturday or another public holiday, the first non-public holiday following the public holiday shall be designated as an alternative public holiday

Temporary Public Holidays

The government designates temporary public holidays as needed to commemorate national events or festivals, etc