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 2019 – 2020

Date Week Day Name
05 MAY 2019 Sunday Children’s Day
06 MAY 2019 Monday Children’s Day observed
12 MAY 2019 Sunday Buddha’s Birthday
06 JUN 2019 Thursday Memorial Day
15 AUG 2019 Thursday Liberation Day
12 SEP 2019 Thursday Chuseok Holiday
13 SEP 2019 Friday Chuseok Holiday
14 SEP 2019 Saturday Chuseok Holiday
03 OCT 2019 Thursday National Foundation Day
09 OCT 2019 Wednesday Hangeul Proclamation Day
25 DEC 2019 Wednesday Christmas Day
01 JAN 2020 Wednesday New Year’s Day
24 JAN 2020 Friday Seollal Holiday
25 JAN 2020 Saturday Seollal
27 JAN 2020 Monday Seollal Holiday
01 MAR 2020 Sunday 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.