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Will October 2 be a day off in Korea?
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There has been a lot of talk recently about the long Chuseok (or Korean Thanksgiving) vacation that is coming up at the start of October.

There has also been a lot of confusion about which days people will actually get off, and, importantly when the days off will be confirmed. Here is what we know so far.

How long will Chuseok Vacation be in 2017?

Well, what we know for sure is that people working in Korea will have a lot of time off.

At the moment, the guaranteed public holiday will be a more than respectable full seven days lasting from Tuesday Oct. 3 all the way through till Monday Oct. 9.

The days that are definite public holidays are:

  • Tuesday Oct.3 - National Foundation Day
  • Wednesday Oct. 4 - Chuseok Day One
  • Thursday Oct. 5 - Chuseok Day Two
  • Friday Oct. 6 - Chuseok Day Three
  • Saturday Oct. 7 - Saturday
  • Sunday Oct. 8 - Sunday
  • Monday Oct. 9 - Hangeul Proclamation Day

Will October 2 be a day off in Korea?

What I'm sure a lot of you have noticed is that if we also get Monday Oct. 2 off, two weekends will be connected giving everybody an extended 10-day vacation period.

So the big question on everybody's lips is, will October 2 be a day off? Well, at the moment, it is unfortunately hard to say.

The situation right now is that Oct. 2 is not, unfortunately, a day off. However, due to the obvious advantages of being able to link up two weekends, it is currently under consideration by the government.

If they decide to make it a public holiday, that would give happy workers in Korea an impressive 10 days off in a row!

Then, when will we know if October 2 is a day off?

Now, onto some bad news. For all those people wanting to find out early to book flights or make travel plans, it is unlikely that a decision will be made soon.

In fact, according to most news sources, the final decision on whether or not to make this day a public holiday won't actually be made until Sept. 26!

This is pretty standard practice in this type of situation. Last year, for example, Friday May 6 was made a temporary holiday but it wasn't confirmed until around April 28.

This puts a pretty significant spanner in the works of anyone wanting to make plans as they won't actually be able to do so until a mere two days before what would be the first Saturday of the long holiday.

Of course, some schools, hagwons, and other businesses may simply decide to forgo any confusion and make a decision early on. If so, lucky you!

Will I actually get October 2 off?

This is the final issue. Even if the day is made a holiday, will I actually get it off? Well, again, looking back at last year it will be up to private business as to whether or not they actually give you the day off.

This means that if you work in the public sector (such as at a school) you will definitely get a day off. On the other hand, , if you work in a hagwon (or any other private business) you should confirm in advance that you will actually get the day off.

Of course, The Jeju Weekly will be let you know about any updates or confirmations as soon as they are made.

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