South Korea’s Unification Church is no stranger to controversy. But it is now facing its biggest challenge yet as it prepares for a future without its founder, Moon Sun-myung, better known as Reverend Moon.
Reverend Moon built a church, a multi-billion dollar business and a massive cult of personality, and now he is fighting to ensure a lasting legacy.
The founder of the controversial religious sect is in his 90s. He knows that time is running out and has handed control of operations to his sons.
The church’s business arm, the Tongil Foundation, will be run by Moon’s fourth son, Kook-jin, while his youngest son, Hyung-jin, will oversee the running of the church.
There is, however, talk of sibling rivalry among Moon’s heirs. The oldest living son, Hyun-jin, has been left out in the cold – a move that appears to have caused a deep rift within the church.
So, will the Unification Church survive without its founder? And just how influential are the Moons?
101 East takes a closer look at a family empire like no other.
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