Tong-in Store was established by Mr. Inje Kim Jeong-hwan in 1924 during the Japanese occupation period. It is a cultural space where antique art and modern art representing Korea coexist. With the mission of promoting Korean culture and art to Koreans and foreigners, the store has been operated for over 2 generations.
The name "Tong-in" was chosen based on the philosophy of making this world more beautiful through what we think and do and with the aspiration to be the foundation for a sound culture.
A gallery is being operated focusing on crafts, and the antique art hall has a collection of lacquerware inlaid with mother-of-pearl, wooden crafts, celadon, and traditional furniture; it is also exhibiting and selling modern porcelain artwork and crafts. This store is the most valuable one among old stores.
Q. Do you have any memorable episodes or customers?
A. I still remember Mr. David Rockefeller, who is a famous American banker and businessman. The Rockefeller family is America's representative art collecting family. One time, Mr. Rockefeller came to my store and purchased antique artwork. During the 1980s, Korean packaging and shipping technology was lacking, so he asked my store to package and ship his purchase directly. That was the beginning of Tong-in International and Tong-in Express.
Since then, Tong-in Store has been directly packaging antique furniture and artwork and preserving the value of precious ancient furniture and artwork.