Moon’s third ‘wife’ – Myung-hee Kim (in South Korea)
▲ Myung-hee Kim (right) with Kyeong-shik Kim. They are trimming photographs in the church center, preparing them for sale. In the mid 1950s Hyo-min Eu had set up a successful photo-selling business to generate funds for the UC.
The fact that Moon had two ‘wives’ called ‘Kim’ can be confusing.
The first Kim ‘wife’ of Moon was in North Korea. Her name was Chong-hwa Kim – Moon met her in 1946. The relationship ended on February 22, 1948 when they were both arrested for bigamy. They were both jailed for the crime. She lived in the Kyongchang-ri neighborhood of Pyongyang, North Korea, which is where Moon met her. He lived with her in her house for a year and a half. (Her husband slept in the children’s room.)
The second Kim ‘wife’ of Moon was Myung-hee Kim, born in 1930 – Moon first met her in September 1953 in Seoul. He began cohabiting with her in 1954 and she fell pregnant. Hee-jin Moon was born on August 17, 1955. According to a Japanese FFWPU newspaper, Chūwa Shinbun (see below), they married in 1954.
When Allen Tate Wood visited Korea in 1970, He was told that Myung-hee Kim had been a “wife” of Sun Myung Moon.
Moonstruck: A memoir of my life in a cult, 1979 (pages 120-121)
“Moon had had two previous wives, but they had turned against him. One, [Myung-hee Kim] however, had come back to the fold, we were told, but no longer as his wife. She was now merely a faithful follower. In 1969 Moon’s thirteen-year-old son [Hee-Jin] by one of these women [Myung-hee Kim] was killed, decapitated when he put his head out of a speeding train. This boy died because the Korean church was not faithful enough. Mrs. Choi and the other mediums saw a red tide pouring into Korea. It was a sign that the communists were again about to try to take over all of Korea. Moon called for everyone to work. He called three times, but they did not help him. After the third call, he picked up a stone and put it in the gap in the wall—the demilitarized zone—through which the red tide was pouring. That stone was the life of his son, sacrificed for the sake of South Korea.”
‘Wife’ can be used in the sense of common-law wife or concubine, as well as legal wife. In China and Korea, concubines used to be referred to as ‘wife number 2,’ ‘wife number 3,’ and so on.
In the past some Unification Church leaders have acknowledged Moon’s relationship with Myung-hee Kim and the fact that they had a son, Hee-Jin. Now it has become an established fact, supported by numerous photos and documents.
A number of scholars, researchers and journalists have written that Sun Myung Moon had two separate ‘wives’ with the surname of Kim: the first, Chong-hwa Kim, in North Korea, and the second, Myung-hee Kim, in South Korea. They were born about a decade apart. At the time when Moon originally met them, the first was married with three children and the second was a 23 year old university student, and a virgin. She attended Yonsei University in Seoul.
Moon’s relationship with Chong-hwa Kim ended dramatically at 10:00 am on February 22, 1948 when the police arrested them both together. They were both tried for bigamy/adultery. They both served time in jail because in Korea this was a criminal offense at the time. Moon was never a political prisoner in Heungnam. Some political prisoners were later executed there. This is the reason why Moon was not under threat of execution. (Moon’s dramatic story of nearly being executed at Heungnam was always complete fiction.)
Moon had a legal marriage with Seon-gil Choi on May 9, 1945.
Moon’s legal marriage to Hak Ja Han may not have been until December 29, 1961, according to available official documents.
According to several reports, Moon had secret ‘religious marriage ceremonies’ with at least two other women while he was still legally married to someone else. According to a Japanese UC publication, he married Myung-hee Kim in 1954:
The Chūwa Shinbun, a newspaper published by the Unification Church in Japan, printed this answer for the FFWPU / UC members on September 12, 1992.
“Teacher Moon resumed his missionary work in Busan, and was reunited with [his first wife] Ms. Seon-gil Choi. However, she could not understand why Teacher Moon loved his disciples more than he loved his own wife. She voluntarily gave up the position of ‘True Mother’ and divorced him. For Teacher Moon this divorce was the worst possible outcome. However, for Teacher Moon there must be a ‘True Mother’ together with the messiah. He knew this very strongly. In 1954 he married Myung-hee Kim…”
Note: Sun Myung Moon and Seon-gil Choi divorced on January 8, 1957.
Moon had a secret marriage ceremony with Soon-wha Choi, the mother of Sam, at the Chongpadong Church in 1964. Soon-wha Choi herself explained this fact.
The Unification Church has consistently tried to hide information about Moon’s relationships with many different women. They knowingly sought to create an image of Moon as a “champion of true love” who preached and crusaded for monogamy and “true family values”.
Moon’s adulterous relationship with Myung-hee Kim was illegal in Korea at the time. Moon could have been jailed. That is why he sent her to Tokyo, without a passport or visa, when she was heavily pregnant.
Myung-hee Kim gave birth to Hee-jin Moon shortly after arriving in Japan. She stayed there illegally for over four years. She and Hee-jin returned to Korea on October 2, 1959.
Shockingly, Moon wrote her letters, but gave her no financial support while she was in Japan with his young son. She was virtually abandoned by the “True Adam” or “True Parent.” Myung-hee Kim had a very difficult time. She was there illegally, and could not get medical help for the birth of Hee-jin. Perhaps the reason she did stay for so long was because she knew the Korean tradition was that the father always had the right to custody of any child. Indeed, as soon as she did return to Korea with Hee-jin, Moon took him away from her.
In case anyone thinks that the hiding of information is a thing of the past, it should be noted that Myung-hee Kim’s name has been completely omitted from a substantial article in the Today’s World of December 2011 (pages 6-9). This covers the Hee-jin story. Page 7 has a photo Hee-jin standing beside his father, Moon. Moon blames the members for the August 1, 1969 death of Hee-jin with these words: “Accordingly, when you failed to fulfill your responsibilities, Hee-jin became responsible for that failure.”
Moon asserts Hee-jin died because of the members’ failures. Moon takes no responsibility for his own financial and emotional neglect of his own child.
He was traveling in a train, on his own, to go witnessing. He was “leaning out of the train” as the train approached Maepo station in Chungbuk Province. He was “eager to get off when it arrived at the station”. The train was still traveling at some speed, and his head “hit a track-side post”. The three quotes are from his mother, Myung-hee Kim, from a testimony she gave in Korea. Allen Tate Wood was told: he was “decapitated when he put his head out of a speeding train.”
In 2013 the Tongil.org website had a Moon family tree with Hee-jin Moon’s name, but not that of his mother, Myung-hee Kim. Her name is just not there. The UC has put a box labelled ‘Moon’ in the position where Myung-hee Kim should be. The layout implies that “Sung Kil Moon” (Seon-gil Choi) could be the mother of Hee-jin, and that they had two children. They did not. There should be a box with the name of Myung-hee Kim with a double line going directly to Moon to indicate their relationship, and a line from between them to Hee-jin. The family tree is confusing, and appears to be deliberately so:
In 2016 a question mark has been added to the ‘Moon’ box, as if Hee-jin’s mother is not known. The official FFWPU / Unification Church, which claims to be the purveyor of God’s truth, has descended to altering more historical facts.
Here is some of Myung-hee Kim’s story, who was often referred to as ‘Moon’s wife’ in the Unification Church of South Korea.
She was born in 1930 in North Pyongan province, north of Pyongyang, in what is now North Korea. (source: UC of Japan monthly journal “Family” dated June 2005.)
All the words that are quoted below are taken from notes from two testimonies that she gave in the same week in the mid 1980s.
Myung-hee Kim said: “My mother was Christian, my father was Confucian. I went to kindergarden at a church. At four years old I wanted to believe in God. … I said to my father “I miss you—you’ll go to hell, I can’t go to heaven.” When I was five he joined [a Christian] church. He grew very quickly and became responsible. He went to a Pyongyang seminary. We moved to Pyongyang. He became a church leader. He died in June 1945. (Went to the same school as Rev Moon.) He suffered much from the Japanese police. The Japanese put military things in the church. He was shocked. He was only 37, he looked 30. My father was my idol.”
It is interesting that there is a Pyongyang connection between the two Kim wives. They both lived there, Myung-hee Kim as a child.
Myung-hee Kim was a promising student at Yonsei University in Seoul in 1953.
Moon was staying in a yogwan (small hotel) in Seoul at the time they met. He had arrived in Seoul just a few days before.
He was introduced to Myung-hee for the first time in a tea room in Seoul. They met for 20 minutes on September 21, 1953 in the evening. Myung-hee was taken there by her aunt’s sister, Mrs Yoon-yeong Yang, who was a music professor. At that meeting Moon said some things that started Myung-hee thinking…
Myung-hee: “For three months I had horrible indemnity. I lost all my money, had a lung problem and I lost all my friends—so I stopped studying. I went home to Jeju Island. There were many Christian refugees there. (I had been planning to go to the USA to study.) My mother could not understand how I had lost all my money. [Myung-hee had been given a substantial scholarship for her university studies. She had given it to her aunt, Shin-hee Eu, for safe keeping. Shin-hee had given it all to Moon in Busan.] My brother was depressed too. I wanted to die. My house was by the sea. I tried to commit suicide. I made a last prayer on a rock by the edge of the water. A voice suddenly came to me: ‘Even though you are 20 years old…’ ‘Please take my soul.’ I said.
“Weeks later I dreamt I was flying in air over water and dressed in white. I thought there’d be a storm. I went to Busan, but I had no money. I went to my uncle’s house. My aunt was a Unification Church member. [This is Shin-hee Eu.] I did not trust her, but her sister was a professor at Ewha University and I trusted her. I had been to meet Rev Moon with her. [Professor Yang taught music at both Ewha and Yonsei Universities in Seoul.]
“My uncle [Sung-mook Shin] was in the hospital, but I was angry at his wife for not being with her husband. She had been to Rev. Moon’s until midnight. She was calm and smiled. I prayed all night. ‘Why has she got lots of grace and has many revelations? I thought you loved me, I thought I was a best daughter of Heavenly Father.’ I prayed until 6 in the morning. I wanted to rest. I saw a big fire. ‘This is Moses’ fire, this is Moses’ stick? Why don’t you go to Moon? If they are wrong you should lead them. If they are right, why don’t you follow?’ I felt this was very simple. I felt glad.”
The second time Moon met Myung-hee was in Busan on Dec 24, 1953 at Shin-hee Eu’s house. (Won-pil Kim confirms that he and Moon travelled down from Seoul to Busan on this date.) About 28 people were there. Moon spoke until 1 or 2 in the morning. Chong-hwa Pak was also there, and wrote about what happened.
Myung-hee: “On January 5, I was in a hurry to visit the church. She [Shin-hee Eu?] was afraid that I might make trouble. We arrived at 11 o’clock after she led me around. Father was praying and everyone was crying. After I entered the room—I wore many clothes since I had heard many rumors—I sat by the door. I stared at him. Is he the Anti-Christ or not?
“After Rev. Moon finished his lectures, he asked Miss Choi, who was a very cute schoolgirl, ‘What special revelation did you have?’ She received a very sweet one: pink flowers, blue sky, etc. It was very natural. I envied her very much. No other young people except her and me. The others were not so well educated.
“Rev. Moon remembered my name. I was surprised. He asked me what I thought. I started talking. The others interrupted. He was angry, ‘You should listen to that young girl.’ I spoke for three hours. Rev. Moon was very interested to listen to me. Several times Rev. Moon asked me to stay to tell me things about my mission, but I couldn’t trust him. The members asked me to stay. Rev. Moon recognized my worry. He said ‘I’ll go to the other end of the room and speak to you from there.’
“He explained his mission for three hours because I was the daughter of a Christian leader.
“I found it difficult to accept the messiah as a man, because my concept of the messiah was of someone far from me.
“Sometimes I could trust him, sometimes not.
I went back to my room. I prayed and saw a vision of six Chinese letters: ‘A man who was incarnated has been in a circle of purified people.’
A Chinese doctor interpreted the two unknown characters.
I was surprised. I saw a lot of color.
After that I felt my responsibility as a Christian and recognized that Jesus should not have died, and that Rev. Moon had suffered so much in North Korea from the Christians there.
“They made many prophecies about the Lord of the Second Coming in 1945 at the end of the war. I had heard about the Holy Lord Church of Mr. Chang’s grandmother.
“The first Christian missionaries told people to stop smoking and drinking, to make the people work harder.
“Christianity is very close to shamanism in Korea.
“January 7, 1954 was my spiritual birthday. After that I had many revelations. I cooked and washed. I could not complain. I knew the course of going to Canaan. I had to be patient.
“On May 1, 1954 the Unification Church was founded. After this there was much indemnity.
“There was much accusation. Old members had problems—they were tempted. In my case too, I swore many times to devote myself, so I could not leave the church. I think their indemnity made a strong foundation for the church.
“In September many good quality members came. Heavenly Father picked them. The churches were very surprised and they wondered.”
Myung-hee Kim said: “Ewha and Yonsei Universities had several meetings about the UC. They decided to kick us out. It was 1955. The mission schools did not allow us to stay. The more they persecuted us, the more people became interested. Many professors visited and thought Rev Moon was very important.”
“My aunt’s cousin was President Hyo-won Eu. My aunt told me he was a genius. In Busan I visited Pres. Eu’s brother’s factory. Pres. Eu was copying Father’s notes on the Principle. I also copied them.
“I had met Rev Moon in Seoul previously. I’d heard rumors about him, but I was impressed by an intelligent man like President Eu enthusing about him. That was in the fall. The next year, in January 1954, on the 7th, I joined the UC.
“Pres. Eu had a bright white face. When I met him with Father, Pres. Eu was like a young boy, very happy. …
“I attended a 21-day workshop. I wanted to know if Rev Moon was the coming messiah. Pres. Eu’s brother [Hyo-young Eu] also came. He didn’t get any revelations, but I got many revelations to help him. He joined earlier than me.
“Father, Mrs Kang and I went to Taegu from Busan. Father told me to continue at university. In early March, Father told Pres. Eu to come to Seoul to help to organize the church.
“Father taught us at night. He encouraged Mr. Eu to give lectures. There was a 10 o’clock curfew. There were communists around. Father’s talks went on until after 10 o’clock.
“We had to move twice because the landlords didn’t want us. … Mrs Yang, my aunt’s sister who was a professor at Yonsei University, joined. She had a house. I lived with her. It was near our centre. Father used to lecture in her living room. Most guests were students or professors. …
“He was a very trustworthy and able disciple—intellectually and otherwise. He was very interested in the spirit world. He knew Father’s situation, his ancestors and family situation.
“I was 22 at that time. He always listened carefully to me when I explained about my family and ancestors.”
By April 1955, when she visited Taegu, Myung-hee Kim was pregnant. She had been cohabiting with Moon. (ref. Dan Fefferman below.)
Shortly before she was due to give birth she traveled to Japan from Busan on a fishing boat. It has been said that she went to stay with a Korean spiritual group who had a branch in Tokyo. She already knew the group in Korea. Hee-jin Moon was born on August 17, 1955.
She stayed in hiding in Japan for four years until October 2, 1959 (source: UC of Japan monthly journal “Family” dated June 2005.) Dan Fefferman refers to her four years in Japan. People who knew Hee-jin said he could speak excellent Japanese.
▲ The above two photos must have been taken in the months following October 2, 1959 which is when Myung-hee Kim and Hee-jin Moon returned to Korea from Japan after four years there. Were the photos taken at the time she had to hand Hee-jin over to Moon and Hak-ja Han? In those days in Korea fathers had custody rights over any children. (The photos were probably taken by Hyo-min Eu. He published the one of Myung-hee Kim with her son in a book. Myung-hee Kim and Hee-jin are named in the photo caption.)
Chong-hwa Pak said that Myung-hee Kim was detained by the Japanese authorities because she had no money or passport. She spent three months in the Omura Detention Center, which was near Nagasaki. It had been opened in 1950 as a place to detain illegal immigrants. Myung-hee Kim was found there by a church member, Mr Hwang, and brought back to Korea.
According to a 2011 report, Myung-hee Kim was still alive at that time, but was suffering from dementia and, since 2006, has been staying in a private room at the Cheongshim Hospital at Cheong-pyeong. She had lost her ability to speak English.
In the text below Dan Fefferman states “while in Japan, she was either raped or seduced by a Japanese man.” It is a fact that the Japanese members are told that Myung-hee Kim was ‘raped’ by a Japanese man—sometimes ‘a soldier,’ sometimes ‘an official’. According to other reports, she had a relationship with the leader of the spiritual group where she was staying in Japan during her four long lonely years (1955-59). The leader apparently said, “It is obvious that Moon does not care about you.” The man was probably Korean, and not Japanese. Perhaps the frequently mentioned narrative about ‘rape’ and a ‘Japanese man’ was just another way to make the Japanese members feel guilty and hand over more money to Moon. Myung-hee Kim’s relationship with the man may have been consensual.
In a speech dated August 28, 1971, Sun Myung Moon refers to Hee-jin being born in Japan and living in a Buddhist temple there.
Dan Fefferman gave this answer about Myung-hee Kim, when he was asked in December 1998:
Question: “Why did Father take a concubine, Miss Kim, who gave birth to their son Hee Jin, while he was married to his first wife Song Gil Choi [Seon-gil Choi]? Why was this never acknowledged?”
Dan Fefferman: “Hee Jin Nim was acknowledged by Father as his son during his lifetime and honored publicly after his death. Some of Father’s early speeches and prayers make reference to Hee Jin’s death in similar terms to Heung Jin’s. (both were “second” sons, both died tragically in accidents as teenagers.) When I was in Korea in 1970 Father, Mrs. Won Pok Choi and President Young Whi Kim explained the conception of Hee Jin in these terms: Father’s first wife (the other Mrs. Choi [Seon-gil Choi] ) was in the process of divorcing him. The process is a long drawn out affair in Korean law. During this time in the mid 50s, Father began cohabiting with Ms. Young Hee Kim [Myung-hee Kim]. Because her pregnancy would have negative affects on Father both in terms of the divorce and in terms of criminal law, she moved to Japan to avoid getting Father in trouble. The baby was born there. However, while in Japan, she was either raped or seduced by a Japanese man. Father told us that if she had returned to him after that, he would have accepted her. However, she was so ashamed, that she hid from Father and stayed in Japan, returning only years later (perhaps after Father’s marriage to mother.) [She returned on October 2, 1959.] She offered Hee Jin to Father, and Father accepted him as his son. So the answer is that:
1) Father and his first wife were no longer married from God’s viewpoint as Father understands it and
2) The relationship with Young Hee Kim was acknowledged, but not at first, because of legal implications.”
Moon confirms that he is the father of Hee-jin
True Parents’ family, which represents the whole historical realm of victory, attained this position because it went through a history of purification to the root. If Hye-jin was sacrificed for the sake of cutting off the bloodline of the fallen woman in the Garden of Eden, then Hee-jin represents the Old Testament Age. They have different mothers. So, Hee-jin pertains to the Old Testament Age and Heung-jin represents the New Testament Age.
Cheon Seong Gyeong (304-304, 1999.11.12) page 972.
A Jeep for Sun Myung Moon and nothing for Myung-hee Kim
On July 7, 1957 (7-7-7) Moon bought himself an expensive Jeep. Registration number: 747. In Korea at the time there were only about 5000 privately owned cars in the whole country. Moon’s arrival in this Jeep in impoverished Korea made a big impression.
In July 1957, when Sun Myung Moon bought himself the Jeep, Myung-hee Kim was in hiding in Japan. Hee-jin was born on August 17, 1955, so he was nearly two. Moon wrote a few letters to Myung-hee Kim, but he never sent her any money. She had a very difficult time because she had no passport, as well as no money. Moon mentioned, in a speech given August 28, 1971, at Cheongpyeong, that Hee-jin had lived in a Buddhist temple in Japan. It may have been a Korean religious group. She was got out of the Omura Immigration Detention Center in 1959 and brought back to Korea, arriving with Hee-jin on October 2nd.
Sun Myung Moon with Won-pok Choi and his Jeep. ▼
中和新聞 平成4年 1992 9月12日 金明姫 (Kim Myung-hee)
Moon and Myung-hee Kim must have had a secret ‘marriage’ in 1954 – because he was still legally married to his first wife until January 8, 1957.