This medal commemorates Emperor Yunghui's tour of southern and western Korea.
Established in 1909.
OBVERSE: Emperor's standard with a plum blossom.
REVERSE: Korean inscription 'Great Korean Empire, Great Korean Emperor, Trip to the South and West
Commemorative Medal, Yung Hi 3.' Translation from Peterson's book.
The medal itself is from the Korean Empire, but at the time this medal was established (1909), Korea
had in most respects become part of the Japanese Empire. This officially happened in 1910, but after
the Russia-Japan War (1904-5), Korea was a Japanese protectorate.

The medal is made just as the Japanese medals were, with the same kind of ribbon and hook and eye
catch in the back. The simple suspension device was also used on some Japanese and Manchukuo
medals. Peterson claims that the Korean orders and medals were probably made in Korea, and the
inferior quality of many of the Korea pieces seem to confirm this. So they were either made using the
Japanese medals as models or under the guidance of Japanese officials. Or both.

This medal was established in 1909 when the Korean Emperor Yunghui toured the southern and
western areas of Korea. This medal may have been awarded to members of his entourage and
perhaps to assorted officials living in the visited areas. And also, perhaps, to officials associated with
the tour in various ways.
Scarcity Scale
1 dot is common. 5 is extremely rare.
Korean Empire:
Imperial Tour
Commemorative Medal