|THE GRAND ORDER OF MUGUNGHWA 무궁화대훈장
Created in 1949, it is the highest Order in the Republic of Korea. It is a single class order and is awarded to the President of the country and to foreign Heads of State. It is also issued to their spouses.
|THE ORDER OF NATIONAL FOUNDATION 건국훈장
Created in 1949 to reward those individuals who helped to establish the Republic of Korea.
|THE ORDER OF CIVIL MERIT 국민훈장
It is the primary award for Korean Civilians.
|THE ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT 무공훈장
It is the primary award for the Korean military during wartime or under a state of emergency.
|THE ORDER OF SERVICE MERIT 근정훈장
Awarded to government employees who have greatly contributed to the national development. Military personnel and civilians working for the military are specifically excluded.
|THE ORDER OF NATIONAL SECURITY MERIT 보국훈장
Conferred on individuals who have rendered distinguished service to national security. It is primarily a military award.
|THE ORDER OF DIPLOMATIC SERVICE MERIT 수교훈장
Awarded to those who have rendered meritorious service to the extension of national prestige overseas and to the promotion of friendship with other nations.
|THE ORDER OF INDUSTRIAL SERVICE MERIT 산업훈장
Awarded to those who have rendered outstanding meritorious service in the development of domestic industry.
|THE ORDER OF SAEMAEUL SERVICE MERIT 새마을훈장
The Saemaeul Movement is a government sponsored program to develop the infrastructure of Korea from the bottom up. The order is given to those who have rendered outstanding service in the Saemaeul Movement.
|THE ORDER OF CULTURAL MERIT 문화훈장
Awarded to those who have rendered outstanding meritorious services in the interest of improving the national welfare.
|THE ORDER OF SPORTS MERIT 체욕훈장
Awarded to those athletes who have distinguished themselves in international competition.
|THE ORDER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MERIT
Awarded to those individuals who have excelled in the areas of Science or Technology.