Tens of thousands of tearful mourners are attending the funeral of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church who built a multibillion-dollar business empire stretching from the Korean Peninsula to the United States.
Rev Moon was a self-proclaimed messiah best known for conducting mass weddings in his efforts to build a multicultural world.
He died at age 92 on September 3.
Moon's funeral is being held in Gapyeong County, northeast of Seoul, where his home and main church facilities are located.
Church officials say 180,000 people visited Gapyeong during a mourning period before the funeral.
His church has been accused of brainwashing recruits and duping them out of money but followers believe Rev Moon was tasked with completing Jesus Christ's works.