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A Juche calendar for Juche 99 (2010)

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea calendar, DPRK calendar, or Juche calendar (Korean pronunciation:  [tɕutɕʰe] ), named after the Juche ideology, is the system of year-numbering used in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.



The calendar borrows elements from two historical calendars used in Korea, the traditional system of Korean era names and the Gregorian calendar in which years are tied to the traditional birth of Jesus. In contrast to these two, the Juche calendar begins with the birth of the founder of the Democratic People's Republic, Kim Il-sung. [1]

The decree on the Juche calendar was adopted on 8 July 1997, on the third anniversary of the death of Kim Il-sung. The same decree also designated the birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung as the Day of the Sun. The birth year of Kim Il-sung, 1912 in the Gregorian calendar, became "Juche 1" in the North Korean calendar. [2] Thus, the current year 2020 is "Juche 109", the next year 2021 will be "Juche 110", and so on. [3] This was done as a means of advancing Kim Il-sung's cult of personality.

The calendar began to be implemented on 9 September 1997, the Day of the Foundation of the Republic. [2] On that date, newspapers, news agencies, radio stations, public transport, and birth certificates began to use Juche years. [4]


The year 1912 is "Juche 1" in the North Korean calendar. There are no "before Juche 1" years, and years before 1912 are given numbers based on the Christian calendar only. Ranges of years that begin before 1912 and end after it are also given in Christian calendar numbers only. [5]

Any other years after 1912 will be given in either Juche years only, or in Juche years and the corresponding year in the Christian calendar in parentheses. In material pertaining to relations with foreign countries, "the Juche Era and the Christian era may be used on the principles of independence, equality and reciprocity." [5]


Juche yearGregorian year Dangun year Event
119124245 Kim Il-sung's birth
3119424275 Kim Jong-il's birth
3719484281North Korea founded
7119824315Construction of the Juche Tower completed to commemorate Kim Il-sung's 70 years of life, Kim Jong-un's birth (North Korea records)
7219834316 Kim Jong-un's birth (South Korea records)
8319944327Kim Il-Sung's death
8619974330Juche calendar introduced
10020114344 Kim Jong-il's death
10120124345100 years after Kim Il-sung's birth
10920204353Current year
11020214354Next year

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