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 2017 – 2018

Date Week Day Name
05 APR 2017 Wednesday Arbor Day
01 MAY 2017 Monday Labour Day
03 MAY 2017 Wednesday Buddha’s Birthday
05 MAY 2017 Friday Children’s Day
08 MAY 2017 Monday Parents’ Day
06 JUN 2017 Tuesday Memorial Day
17 JUL 2017 Monday Constitution Day
15 AUG 2017 Tuesday Liberation Day
01 OCT 2017 Sunday Armed Forces Day
03 OCT 2017 Tuesday National Foundation Day
04 OCT 2017 Wednesday Chuseok
05 OCT 2017 Thursday Chuseok Holiday
06 OCT 2017 Friday Observed Chuseok
09 OCT 2017 Monday Hangeul Proclamation Day
24 DEC 2017 Sunday Christmas Eve
25 DEC 2017 Monday Christmas Day
31 DEC 2017 Sunday New Year’s Eve
01 JAN 2018 Monday New Year’s Day
15-17 JAN 2018 Monday to Wednesday Seollal Holiday Day
01 MAR 2018 Thursday 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 http://nzl-wellington.mofat.go.kr


As at April 2012, 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.