National Foundation Day in South Korea
National Foundation Day, known as "Gaecheonjeol" in South Korea, is a significant public holiday celebrated on the 3rd of October each year. It commemorates the legendary founding of Gojoseon, the first Korean kingdom, by Dangun, the legendary founder and first king.
According to Korean mythology, Dangun Wanggeom, the son of Hwanin, established the kingdom of Gojoseon on Mount Baekdu in 2333 BC. This day is considered the foundation of the Korean nation and holds great cultural and historical significance for the Korean people.
Celebrations and Customs
On National Foundation Day, various events and ceremonies take place throughout South Korea. People pay tribute to their ancestors and national heroes. Official ceremonies often involve traditional rituals, flag hoisting, and performances representing Korean culture.
Many South Koreans take this opportunity to visit historical sites, museums, and cultural exhibitions to learn more about their nation's history and heritage. Families also come together to celebrate and honor their ancestors with special feasts and gatherings.
National Pride and Unity
National Foundation Day serves as a reminder of the unity and pride of the Korean people. It is a day to reflect on the nation's rich history, the spirit of independence, and the values that have shaped the Korean culture throughout the ages.