Grand Order of Mugunghwa
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|Grand Order of Mugunghwa
|Awarded by the Government of South Korea|
|Established||13 August 1949|
|Next (lower)||Order of Merit for National Foundation|
|Ribbon bar of the order|
The Grand Order of Mugunghwa is the highest decoration awarded by the government of the Republic of Korea. It can be awarded to the individuals who are serving or have previously served as the Head of State of the Republic of Korea and its allies, as well as to his/her spouse.
After their conviction for treason in 1996, the former presidents, Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-Woo, were ordered to return the award along with other State decorations that they have awarded to themselves. While Chun agreed to return the awards, he and Roh have yet to actually return them.
Before his inauguration, President Roh Moo-Hyun decided not to accept the award as is traditional, but to receive it from the incoming president upon his own departure from the office.
The sash of the order is worn from the left shoulder to the right hip.
- http://home.earthlink.net/~dfifer/index.htm : Republic of Korea's Award System, click on "Methods of wear"
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