Independence Day in North Korea Date in the current year: September 9, 2016

Independence Day in North Korea The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea, celebrates its Independence Day on September 9. This public holiday commemorates the official establishment of the DPRK in 1948.

Originally Korea was a single state. It asserted its independence in 1897, when the Korean Empire was proclaimed. However, Korean independence did not last long. In 1910, Japan annexed Korea in the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese War.

The Japanese occupation of Korea ended on August 15, when the Empire of Japan announced its surrender in the Second World War. Both Koreas celebrate this day as a national holiday. North Korea, however, also observes Independence Day about a month later.

Following the end of the war, the territory of Korea was divided into two parts along the 38th parallel. Shortly after, Kim Il-sung arrived in North Korea after his exile. On September 9, 1948, he proclaimed the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, becoming head of state. That is how North Korea officially gained independence.

National Independence Day of North Korea is celebrated with official speeches, solemn ceremonies, military parades and performances. The main celebration is held in the capital city of Pyongyang.

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