The Order of Civil Merit () is one of
South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. Its western border is formed by the Yellow Sea, while its ...
's orders of merit. It is awarded by the
President of South Korea The president of the Republic of Korea (), also known as the president of South Korea (often abbreviated to POTROK or POSK; ), is the head of state and head of government of the Republic of Korea. The president leads the State Council, and is ...
for "outstanding meritorious services in the area of politics, economy, society, education, art or science in the interest of improving citizens' welfare and promoting national development."


The Order of Civil Merit is divided into five grades.

Notable recipients

* Jeon Tae-il (2020) * Hwang Hye-seong (1986) * Tom Kim * Benjamin W. Lee * Ilchi Lee * Kevin O'Donnell * Younghi Pagh-Paan (2007) * Park Mok-wol (1972) * Sohn Kee-chung * Jarl Wahlström (1983)


External links

* {{Honors and decorations of South Korea 1951 establishments in South Korea Orders, decorations, and medals of South Korea Orders of merit Awards established in 1951