Juche calendar

Juche calendar
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A Juche calendar for Juche 99 (2010)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJuche ryeok
McCune–ReischauerChuch'e ryŏk
Juche Era
Revised RomanizationJuche yeonho
McCune–ReischauerChuch'e yŏnho

The Juche calendar, named after the Juche ideology, is the system of year-numbering used in North Korea. It begins with the birth of Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea. His birth year, 1912 in the Gregorian calendar, is "Juche 1" in the Juche calendar. The calendar was adopted in 1997, three years after the death of Kim Il-sung.


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.

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.

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


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

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."

The Juche calendar is a popular souvenir among tourists visiting North Korea.


Juche year Gregorian year Dangun year Event
1 1912 4245 Kim Il-sung's birth
30 1941 4274 Kim Jong-il's birth (Soviet records)
31 1942 4275 Kim Jong-il's birth (North Korean records)
37 1948 4281 North Korea founded
39–42 1950–1953 4283–4286 Korean War
71 1982 4315 Kim Jong-un's birth (North Korean records)
72 1983 4316 Kim Jong-un's birth (South Korean and U.S. records)
83 1994 4327 Kim Il-sung's death
86 1997 4330 Juche calendar introduced
100 2011 4344 Kim Jong-il's death
101 2012 4345 100 years after Kim Il-sung's birth
111 2022 4355 Last year
112 2023 4356 Current year
113 2024 4357 Next year

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