Order of Diplomatic Service Merit


  • Order instituted on 25 July 1963 and amended in 1967.
  • Order awarded to foreign officials for significant contributions in strengthening friendly relations with the Republic of Korea, often to foreign politicians or ambassadors.
  • The order have 6 grades of 5 classes. The first class has two grades. The grades are as follows: Grand Gwanghwa Medal, 1st Class; Gwanghwa Medal, 1st Class; Heung-In Medal, 2nd Class; Sungrye Medal, 3rd Class; Chang-Eui Medal, 4th Class; Sugjeong Medal, 5th Class.
  • There are two types of order.



South Korea