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.’
Early 1930s. Chung Juyung (right) and his younger brother Chung Soonyung (middle). At this time he was fascinated with the novel ‘Soil’ which was published serially in the Donga Daily News. He considered it a true story, and wanted, like the book’s hero, Heo Seung, to become a lawyer after passing the Higher Civil Service Examination. The legal knowledge he gained at that time was very helpful for his business later on.
Chung Juyung with the proprietress of the Bok Heung Rice Store (1934). He started to work at the Bok Heung Rice Store, a rice retailer, at the age of 19. This job helped foster his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur while learning how to run a business. Through his diligence, he built up his credibility and established Kyeong Il Rice Store at the age of 23.