Order of Merit for National Foundation

The Order of Merit for National Foundation (Hangul: 건국훈장) is one of South Korea's orders of merit. It is awarded by the President of South Korea for "outstanding meritorious services in the interest of founding or laying a foundation for the Republic of Korea."[1] The Order was originally established under a slightly different name 건국공로훈장 (建國功勞勳章) by Presidential Decree #82, on Apr. 27, 1949, and is the oldest Order of the Republic of Korea. On Jan. 16, 1967, there were major changes made to the Order of National Foundation under Presidential Decree #2929. The name of the Order was shortened from 건국공로훈장 (建國功勞勳章) to 건국훈장 (建國勳章), and all three classes got new names and designs.[2]

Order of Merit for National Foundation
Order of Merit for National Foundation for Chu Fucheng 2013-12.JPG
3rd Grade Order of Merit for National Foundation.
Awarded by  South Korea
TypeOrder of merit
Awarded forOutstanding meritorious services in the interest of founding or laying a foundation for the Republic of Korea.
StatusActive
GradesRepublic of Korea Medal
Presidential Medal
Independence Medal
Patriotic Medal
National Medal
Precedence
Next (higher)Grand Order of Mugunghwa
Related
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGeon-guk Hunjang
McCune–ReischauerKŏn'guk Hunchang

GradesEdit

The Order of Merit for National Foundation is awarded in five grades.[3]

Grade Name Ribbon
1st Republic of Korea Medal (대한민국장)
2nd Presidential Medal (대통령장)
3rd Independence Medal (독립장)
4th Patriotic Medal (애국장)
5th National Medal (애족장)

RecipientsEdit

By 2005 about 8,000 people had received the Order.[4] Many of its recipients have only been awarded the Order posthumously, often because they died before it was established; these include Kim Gu, An Jung-geun, and Cho Man-sik.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Awards and Decorations Act". Act No. 11690 of March 23, 2013.(in English and Korean) Korea Legislation Research Institute. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  2. ^ https://koreanmedals.com/
  3. ^ "훈장과 포장" [Orders and Medals]. Decorations of the Republic of Korea (in Korean). Ministry of Interior and Safety. 2015. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  4. ^ "[보훈처] 3·1절 계기 독립유공자 포상 보도자료". Webzine Korean History (웹진 현대사). Retrieved 2006-04-22.

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