峨山 鄭周永

Graduation photo from Songjon Primary School in his hometown of Tongcheon, Gangwon-do at the age of 15. Fourth row, third from left (1930). His grandfather was the schoolmaster at a village school, and he received a traditional Confucian education there for 3 years. Though he often had to work on the fields late at night after returning home from school, he always excelled at school, though never the very best, held down by his poor music and calligraphy skills. Later, he recalled that ‘studying at school was more like a break, only because working in the fields was so hard.’