Korean Holiday: Gwangbokjeol / Independence Day
Today, August 15, 2012 marks the 67th anniversary of Liberation Day (Hangeul: 광복절). If you have been watching one of today’s famous Korean dramas called “Bridal Mask”, you’ll know that Korea was colonized by Japan in the early 20th century. The Korean peninsula was under Japanese rule from 1910 to 1945 with the help of some “traitors”. The country was liberated when Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces on August 15, 1945 during the World War II.
On this day, we display the Korean flag called “Taegukgi”. It is also a day for visiting the Seodaemun Prison in Seoul, the Independence Hall in Cheonan, the Tapgol Park in Jongro (Seoul) and the Independence Gate in Seodaemun. We were planning to take a hike at Bugaksan today; but since it’s raining cats and dogs here in Seoul, I’m just going to catch up on Korean dramas.