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3 Things You Need to Know About Gwangbokjeol (Aug 15) in Korea, the Korean Independence Day

Happy Liberation Day South Korea!

광복절August 15 is one of the most meaningful days to Koreans. It is a national holiday in Korea and the National Liberation Day of Korea, Gwangbokjeol. It is celebrated every year on 15th of August, and it will be marking 71st year of Independence in 2016.

On this day, you will get to see many buildings and streets with Korean national flags called “Taegeukgi”.

1. Why is Gwangbokjeol so special?

광복절5August 15 is the day when Korea was liberated from the Japanese colony in 1945 and also when Korean government was established in 1948 after overcoming the fuss generated from the liberation.

It is the day when Japan declared unconditional surrender and the World War 2 was over, which made Korea restore its own power. ‘Gwangbok‘ means to regain the light, which perfectly describes the restoration of national independence that was lost for 36 years under the…

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