Korea Indep. Day

Korea Indep. Day Quick Facts

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2019 DateAugust 15, 2019
2020 DateAugust 15, 2020
Korea Indep. Day

Korea Indep. Day History

National Liberation Day celebrates the end of Imperial Japanese rule in Korea. This day is celebrated in both South and North Korea. In fact, it's the only Korean holiday celebrated by both countries. In South Korea, it's called Gwangbokjeol (the day the light returned). In North Korea, it's called Chogukhaebangŭi nal (liberation of the fatherland day).

Korea Indep. Day Facts

  • Differences in the Korean language have developed due to the decades South and North Korea have spent separated. The two standard varieties are the Seoul dialect in South Korea and the Phyong'yang dialect in North Korea. One difference is that words borrowed from other languages, like English, are less common in North Korea. Also, the same words have developed different interpretations throughout the years. For example, agassi is "a young lady who is not yet married" in South Korea, but it's "a woman who works at bars or clubs" in North Korea.
  • UNESCO recognizes gimjang, the making and sharing of kimchi in South and North Korea, as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish made of cabbage.
  • The real-time strategy video game StarCraft (1998), and particularly its expansion pack, Starcraft: Brood War (1998), became a huge cultural phenomenon in South Korea. Players competed for prize money in front of large crowds. Matches were broadcast on TV and the players became celebrities and earned sponsorships. The game is still played professionally to this day, as well as its sequel, StarCraft II.
  • Tigers used to live in Korea but they are now extinct. Nevertheless, they remain an important cutural symbol.
  • The Korean Crevice Salamander is a lungless amphibian that lives only in Korea.

Korea Indep. Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Prepare kimchi, a traditional dish in South and North Korea. For ingredients and directions, go here.
  • If you like video games, try the free-to-play, StarCraft and its expansion pack StarCraft: Broodwar. StarCraft became a cultural phenomenon in South Korea. Since the release of a remastered version, the original versions are free. There's also StarCraft II.
  • Some highly rated South Korean movies are Oldboy (2003), The Handmaiden (2016), Memories of Murder (2003) and Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004).

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