Chuseok – Korea’s first major holiday during the pandemic
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Chuseok – Korea’s first major holiday during the pandemic

Today marks the beginning of Korea’s public holiday for the Chuseok harvest festival and the first major holiday during the pandemic.

Although Korea’s daily COVID-19 cases have been stabilising, authorities are concerned that travel during Chuseok could spark new outbreaks nationwide. Traditionally, families gather together to give thanks to their ancestors and share a large family meal. As such, the government has urged people to avoid travelling and extended level 2 social distancing guidelines.

According to a Seoul Metropolitan Government survey, almost 70% of Seoul residents will refrain from traveling to hometowns. However, 200,000 people are expected to travel to Jeju Island and tourist destinations have reported higher than expected reservation rates.

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