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South Korea Liberation Day 2009

Sat, Aug 15, 2009

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 South Korea Liberation Day 2009

Gwangbokjeol, (literally “Restoration of the Light Day”,) celebrated annually on August 15, is one of the Public holidays in South Korea. It commemorates Victory over Japan Day, which liberated Korea from Japanese 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.

In North Korea, it is known as Chogukhaebangŭi nal. (조국해방의 날; “Liberation of Fatherland Day”)

Korea did not gain actual independence on August 15, 1945 (except for the short-lived People’s Republic of Korea), but was occupied by the armies of the world’s two superpowers, who oversaw the decommissioning of Japanese troops on the peninsula. The North was occupied by the Red Army and governed by the Soviet Civil Authority. The South was occupied by the United States starting August 13, 1945.

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