Next year will see a total of 67 public holidays, the most in 11 years. The reason is that more holidays are being made up at if they fall on a weekend, leading to 117 days off in 2014 for people who work five days a week.
The Ministry of Public Administration and Security on Sunday said from next year, Lunar New Year's Day, Chuseok and Children's Day will be made up later in the week if they fall on a Saturday or Sunday.
In 2014, the first day of the Chuseok holidays falls on a Sunday so Koreans will get another day off that week.
According to official regulations, public holidays are Sundays, Lunar New Year's Day, Chuseok, Independence Movement Day (March 1), Children's Day (May 5). Memorial Day (June 6), Liberation Day (Aug. 15), National Foundation Day (Oct. 3), Hangeul Day (Oct. 9), the Buddha's Birthday, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
In 2000, there were 68 holidays since no national holiday fell on a weekend except for the Lunar New Year's holidays. Since the five-day work week became more common in Korea, Arbor Day (April 5) and Constitution Day (July 17) were excluded from the list of national holidays, which led to only 62 days off in 2009 and 2010.
Starting this year, Hangeul Day (Oct. 9), which was excluded from the list in 1991, has been reinstated.