Korean Independence or Liberation Day (Gwangbokjeol - which means "restoration of light") takes place on August 15, and celebrates the 1945 surrender of Japan during World War II. It is also called the Liberation Day. On this day, three years later in 1948, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was officially established. Walking around Seoul, it was easy to spot signs of patriotism on City Hall and other buildings. It's always interesting to see Christians marching through town proclaiming and singing songs of liberty through Christ. We watched fireworks exploding off Namsan Mountain from our apartment balcony.
We've survived another Seoul summer!