Orders, decorations, and medals of South Korea

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The South Korean honors system includes orders of merit, medals of honor, and commendations conferred by the South Korean government onto its citizens and foreigners.

Orders and medals[edit]

Orders of Merit (Hangul: 훈장; Hanja: 勳章) and Medals of Honor (Hangul: 포장; Hanja: 襃章) are given by the president of South Korea to people who "rendered distinguished services" to the country. The first honor, the Grand Order of Mugunghwa, was established in 1949.[1][2]

Orders of Merit[edit]

Medals[edit]

Medal of Honors and Presidential Medals[edit]

  • National Foundation Medal
  • Civil Merit Medal
  • Military Merit Medal
  • Service Merit Medal
  • National Security Medal
  • Reserve Forces Medal
  • Diplomatic Service Medal
  • Industrial Service Medal
  • Sarmaeul Service Medal
  • Cultural Merit Medal
  • Sports Merit Medal
  • Science and Technology Medal
  • Talent Medal of Korea (No longer awarded)

Commendations[edit]

Commendations (Hangul: 표창) are given to people by the president of South Korea, prime minister of South Korea, or various government ministries in recognition of acts of public service or excellence in certain fields.[3][4]

Presidential Commendation[edit]

Prime Ministerial and Ministerial Medal[edit]

by the Prime Minister and same leveled organizations[edit]

Ministerial Commendations[edit]

  • Ministerial Commendations
  • Ministerial Medals
by the Minister of National Defense[edit]
by the Commissioner General of the National Police Agency[edit]

Titles[edit]

Decorations of the Korean Empire[edit]

Orders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "상훈의 발자취" [Tracing the Medals]. Decorations of the Republic of Korea (in Korean). Ministry of Interior and Safety. 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Awards and Decorations Act". Act No. 11690 of March 23, 2013. Korea Legislation Research Institute (in English and Korean). Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "상훈제도 개관" [Overview of the Honors System]. Decorations of the Republic of Korea (in Korean). Ministry of Interior and Safety. 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "정부 표창 규정" [Government Commendation Regulations]. Presidential Decree No. 28211 of July 27, 2017. Korea Ministry of Government Legislation (in Korean). Retrieved February 13, 2018.

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