Experience Korea

Welcome to Korea, the new hub of North East Asia. With modern cities offering world class shopping, entertainment, communications and transportation at the forefront and a backdrop of spectacular scenery, rich history and ancient culture, the country offers something for every traveller. A visit to Seoul is a must on every itinerary, the nation’s capital offers endless opportunities for sightseeing, entertainment, shopping and culture experiences. Venturing to other parts of the country will have travellers fascinated with picturesque mountains and valleys that dominate the landscape and encounters with the locals and their customs, traditions and the local cuisine will result in unique and unforgettable experience.

National Holidays in South Korea 2018 – 2019

Date Week Day Name
05 APR 2018 Thursday Arbor Day
01 MAY 2018 Tuesday Labour Day
07 MAY 2018 Monday Children’s Day
08 MAY 2018 Tuesday Parents’ Day
22 MAY 2018 Tuesday Buddha’s Birthday
06 JUN 2018 Wednesday Memorial Day
17 JUL 2018 Tuesday Constitution Day
15 AUG 2018 Wednesday Liberation Day
01 OCT 2018 Monday Armed Forces Day
03 OCT 2018 Wednesday National Foundation Day
04 OCT 2018 Thursday Chuseok
05 OCT 2018 Friday Chuseok Holiday
06 OCT 2018 Saturday Chuseok Observed
09 OCT 2018 Tuesday Hangeul Proclamation Day
24 DEC 2018 Monday Christmas Eve
25 DEC 2018 Tuesday Christmas Day
31 DEC 2018 Monday New Year’s Eve
01 JAN 2019 Tuesday New Year’s Day
15-17 JAN 2019 Friday to Sunday Seollal Holiday Day
01 MAR 2019 Friday Independence Movement Day


In general, New Zealand Passport holders will be issued a 90 day tourist visa upon arrival in Korea. In most cases, obtaining a visa prior to departure is not required. If you are travelling on a non New Zealand Passport please visit the following website: Embassy of the Republic of Korea to New Zealand


As at April 2017, no inoculations are required for entering South Korea from anywhere around the world. As situations may change, please check either JTB or your local travel agent before travelling.