Chapter 2 The Unification Movement in Korea






Holy Grounds



The Holy Grounds of the Unification Church are spiritual hometowns for church members. Some Holy Grounds were selected by Reverend Moon, others by church leaders representing him.

Reverend Moon used the term Seong Ji (Holy Ground) on January 1, 1963. However, he did not select Holy Grounds until his first world tour in 1965.  It has only been since the Holy Wedding in 1960 that some portion of the lost land of God was conditionally restored.

Reverend Moon, by proclaiming the Holy Grounds as land belonging to heaven, transferred the absolute rights of Satan to the ownership of God. Holy Grounds are God's territory. They represent a nation and region. They are God's land, a place for us to have unhindered spiritual communication.

The first Holy Grounds were selected by disciples following a direction from Reverend Moon. Prior to that, Reverend Moon had never selected a Holy Ground nor given direction that they be established. Three Holy Grounds were selected during the three days October 5, 6 and 7. They were as follows:

October 5 (Selected by Hyo-won Eu, Young-whi Kim, and Chung-hwan Kwak) Northern Seoul: Samchung Park (Koojinbong), Central Seoul: Namsan Changchoong Park (where Reverend Moon used to pray.)

October 6 (Selected by Young-whi Kim, Chung-hwan Kwak, and In-su Han) Southern Seoul: Heukseok-dong Park, Eastern Seoul: Tae-reung (the national forest.)

October 7 (Selected by Young-whi Kim and Chung-Hwan Kwak) Western Seoul: Mt. Inwang.

Reverend Moon selected Holy Grounds for the first time in thirty-nine nations between January 28, 1965 and October 10, 1965. He established further Holy Grounds in major cities around Korea on his return, the final ones being selected in Seoul, including the old Headquarters Church in Chungpa-dong. The Holy Grounds established at that time included the five Holy Grounds previously chosen by the disciples.

The very first church opened in South Korea?“in Pomnetkol, Pusan?“in the early 1950s, dedicating to fulfilling the will of God; The Mun-Kyung Sae-Jae Pass, through which Won-pil Kim and Jung-hwa Park walked defying all danger following their release from Hung-nam Prison; Chungpyung Training Center, where the sound of Reverend Moon's desperate prayer can be heard and where the waves lap gently against the shore; the memorial at Heukseok-dong where Reverend Moon spent his middle school days; the Wonjeon at Paju for those saints who have passed away; the recently dedicated memorial for Dae Mo Nim: at these and other places having the special mission of Holy Grounds, members can come to pray and offer themselves while regaining inner peace.