Daylight saving time in Asia

As of 2016, DST is used in the following Asian countries:

By country

China, People's Republic of

Main article: China Standard Time

The People's Republic of China experimented with DST from 1986, but abandoned DST from 1992 onwards. The PRC now uses one time zone (UTC+8) for the whole country.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong used DST beginning in 1941, but abandoned it from 1980 onwards.[1]


India used Daylight Saving Time (DST) briefly during wartime in 1942-1945. Currently, India does not observe DST.


A few parts of Indonesia (including Jakarta) briefly observed DST continuously on May 1, 1948 to May 1, 1950. Other possible error site Time Zone Change 1 May, 1948 to 1 May, 1950.[2] Its UTC offset during DST is UTC+08:00.


Iran observed DST in 1977-1980, 1991-2005 and since 2008 from March 21–22 (1/1 Persian calendar) to September 21–22 (6/30 Persian calendar).


Main article: Israel Summer Time

Israel observed DST in 1940-1946, 1948-1957, 1974-1975 and since 1985. Currently, DST is observed from the Friday before the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of October.[3]


Jordan UTC+3 observed daylight saving time from the last Friday of March to the last Friday of October. On October 24, 2012, Jordan decided to continue observing daylight saving time for an entire year, ending in December 2013.[4][5]


Kazakhstan made a decision to stop observing summer time in 2005, citing health complications as well as lowered productivity and a lack of economic benefits.[6]


Kyrgyzstan voted to stop observing DST in 2005 and make UTC+6 as Standard Time (which used to be Kyrgyzstan Summer Time), thus having permanent DST due to the timezone shift.


Malaysia used DST from January 1, 1933, but discontinued on December 31, 1981 to replace DST with Malaysian Standard Time.

South Korea

South Korea observed DST from 1948–51, from 1955–60, and from 1987-88. South Korea does not currently observe DST.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka observes DST in central province and Nuwara Eliya


Syria observed DST at UTC+3, in 2006 from 30 March until 21 September (a change from 30 September). Now, DST is observed from the last Friday of March to the last Friday of October.


Taiwan implemented DST from 1945–61, revoked DST from 1962-73, reinstated DST from 1974–75, revoked DST from 1976-79 and reinstated it in 1980. Taiwan abandoned DST from 1981 onwards.


Turkey is currently observing year-round daylight savings from September 2016. DST was used from 1985-2016.

Asian countries not using DST

These countries or regions do not use daylight saving time, although some have in the past:


  1. "Hong Kong Observatory: Hong Kong Summer Time". Hong Kong Observatory. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  3. "Knesset votes to extend Daylight Saving Time". 8 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  4. Faris Abawi (24 October 2012). الغاء التوقيت الشتوي. Al Rai newspaper (in Arabic). p. 1. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  5. "Jordan cancels decision to switch to wintertime". 24 October 2012. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  6. "Kazakhstan abolishes daylight saving time". Kazakhstan Society in the UK. 2005-03-21. Retrieved 2007-03-28.

See also

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