Thousands marry in first Moonie wedding since founder's death

  • Thousands of people tied the knot in South Korea on Sunday in the first mass wedding organized by the Unification Church since the death of its founder.

    Around 3,500 identically dressed couples took part in the ceremony in Gapyeong, northeast of the capital, Seoul.

    Some 24,000 followers, often known as "Moonies", also married in other countries via video link.

    The ceremony was overseen by Hak Ja-han, the widow of Sun Myung Moon, who passed away in September.

    Around 30,000 people attended the 92-year-old's funeral.

    Moon, a self-styled messiah, transformed his Unification Church into a global religious movement in the 1950s in Seoul.

    The Church gained notoriety in the 1960s and 70s following allegations of brainwashing members, breaking up families and boosting Moon's wealth.