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

Orders of merit (Korean훈장; Hanja勳章) and medals of honor (포장; 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

Medals of Honor and Presidential Medals

Commendations

Commendations (Korean표창) 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

Prime Ministerial and Ministerial Medal

by the Prime Minister and same leveled organizations

Ministerial Commendations

by the Minister of National Defense
by the Commissioner General of the National Police Agency

Titles

References

  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.