Order of Cultural Merit (South Korea)

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Order of Cultural Merit
Awarded by  South Korea
TypeOrder of merit
Awarded forOutstanding meritorious services in the fields of culture and art in the interest of promoting the national culture and national development.
Next (higher)Grand Order of Mugunghwa
Korean name
Revised RomanizationMunhwa Hunjang
McCune–ReischauerMunhwa Hunjang

The Order of Cultural Merit (Hangul: 문화훈장) is one of South Korea's orders of merit. It is awarded by the President of South Korea for "outstanding meritorious services in the fields of culture and art in the interest of promoting the national culture and national development."[1]


The Order of Cultural Merit is conferred in five grades.[2]

Grade Name Ribbon
1st Geumgwan (금관)
ROK Order of Cultural Merit Geum-gwan (1st Class) ribbon.PNG
2nd Eungwan (은관)
ROK Order of Cultural Merit Eun-gwan (2nd Class) ribbon.PNG
3rd Bogwan (보관)
ROK Order of Cultural Merit Bo-gwan (3rd Class) ribbon.PNG
4th Okgwan (옥관)
ROK Order of Cultural Merit Og-gwan (4th Class) ribbon.PNG
5th Hwagwan (화관)
ROK Order of Cultural Merit Hwa-gwan (5th Class) ribbon.PNG


Geumgwan (Gold Crown), 1st Class[edit]

Eungwan (Silver Crown), 2nd Class[edit]

Bogwan (Precious Crown), 3rd Class[edit]

Okgwan (Jeweled Crown), 4th Class[edit]

Hwagwan (Flower Crown), 5th Class[edit]

Class unknown[edit]


  1. ^ In addition to the group, each member received the award individually.[17]


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  16. ^ Han Sang-hee. "Bae Receives National Order of Culture Merit," Korea Times (ROK). October 19, 2008, retrieved 2011-04-22
  17. ^ a b Kim, Seong-jin (October 24, 2018). "[ARTICLE] "Korea popular Culture and Art Award" BTS the youngest recipient to receive Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit. "We will continue to spread the culture of Korea" - '대중문화예술상' 방탄소년단, 최연소 화관문화훈장 "韓 문화, 세계에 알리겠다"". My Daily (in Korean). Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  18. ^ Yoon, Min-sik (October 8, 2018). "BTS to get medal for spreading Korean culture: presidential office". The Korea Herald. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
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  • Korean Overseas Information Service. (1997) A Handbook of Korea, 6th edition. Seoul, Korea: Seoul International Publishing House. OCLC 16013390

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