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Ahn Joong-Geun, Ahn Jung Geun, or An Jung-geun (September 2, 1879 – March 26, 1910) is one of the most respected Korean heros and was a soldier of Korean independence army. He was a pacifist and pan-Asianist.

On October 26, 1909, he killed Itō Hirobumi, a four-time Prime Minister of Japan and former Resident-General of Korea, following the signing of the Eulsa Treaty, with Korea on the verge of annexation by Japan as an officer of Korean Indepence Army which was engaged with a war against imperial Japan. Ahn was posthumously awarded the Republic of Korea Medal of Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1962 by the Korean Government, the most prestigious civil decoration in the Republic of Korea, for his efforts for Korean independence.[9]
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