restoration of light day

Gwangbokjeol (Restoration of Light Day, Independence day of Korea)


Today(Aug 15) is Korea’s national holiday for independence. It commemorates Victory over Japan Day, which liberated Korea from colonial rule. The South Korean government was created three years later, on August 13, 1948, when Syngman Rhee was sworn in as the first President of South Korea and Gwangbokjeol was officially designated a public holiday on October 1, 1949.