Does anyone know what special public holiday falls on October 3rd in South Korea?
If you said ‘National Foundation Day’, then it’s time to give yourself a pat on the back!
Known as Gaecheonjeol (개천절) in Korean, National Foundation Day in Korea is often confused by foreigners with Korean Liberation Day (광복절, Gwangbokjeol). We’ll explain why they are different. Korean Liberation Day is in August and is concerned with victory over Japan and the creation of the modern Republic of Korea. National Foundation Day is all about the start of Korean history, and Korea’s creation myth.
Many countries have creation myths which help form their national identity. From ancient Rome’s Romulus and Remus who were raised by a wolf, to England’s King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, such myths can be found around the world. Korea is no different!