Actress Youn Yuh-Jung’s career spans over five decades. With her critically acclaimed role in Minari (2020) as Soon-Ja, she is the first Korean actress to gain such a high level of international recognition. She won Best Supporting Actress at the 2021 Oscar’s Academy Awards. Now, she will receive the highest cultural order for her contributions to South Korea’s television and film industry. 

The Korea Times reported that Youn Yuh-Jung would receive the Geumgwan Order of Cultural Merit at the 2021 Korea Popular Culture and Arts Awards. The event was organized and hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. The award ceremony is also a collaboration with Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA.)

Youn Yuh-Jung is the first celebrity to win the highest cultural order as there was no Geumgwan Order category until now. The culture ministry created this category to honor her achievements overseas and those who will come after her. 

Here are some snippets of Youn Yuh-Jung’s award-winning portrayal