Wolmyeongdong: Where the moon shines the brightest
Wolmyeongdong (Wolmyeong Dong) is God’s Natural Temple. It is a place Pastor Jung Myung Seok has been developing together with his disciples since 1989. With dedication and love, he endeavored to make a temple in nature where numerous believers can gather and worship God.
Since long ago, it has been called “The Valley of Bright Moonlight” or “Dalbakgol” because it is a place where the moon shines brightly. However, when Pastor Jung prayed about Dalbakgol, the Lord spoke to him in a revelation saying, “Numerous people will gather here like Myeongdong in Seoul.”
So he changed the name of the valley to Wolmyeongdong.
The beauty of Wolmyeongdong
As you trek up the hill at the entrance of Wolmyeongdong following a steep and winding concrete road, just at the point you might begin to wonder in disappointment, “Is there really going to be anything special here?” the beautiful form of a pavilion roof rising above a lake will catch your eye, and you will marvel at its beauty.
If you follow the road just a bit more and pass the pavilion sitting in the lake, the sight of a large sports field will welcome you. There you will see various rocks of curious shapes and pine trees drawn together harmoniously like a painted landscape.
Its grandeur strikes every visitor with admiration, but before that sense of admiration fades away, a field of grass as soft as a fluffy carpet will allure your eyes, creating an atmosphere of comfort and giving you a sense of peace. The boulder inscribed with the words, “Natural Temple,” sitting next to the grass further amplifies the artistic appeal of the lawn.
Beneath the lawn, clear spring water flows down from the mountain. God has used that water to miraculously heal numerous people who once suffered from various kinds of pains and ailments.
Wolmyeongdong expresses the beautiful harmony between the Heavens and the earth
Daedun Mountain is known as the golden river of the south-western region of Korea. From the Natural Temple, you can see it in the distance. It appears as if it were trying to embrace everything in its arms. The sight of it rising up like an ornamental screen behind the man-made landscapes within the Natural Temple makes for an awe-inspiring sight that elevates the beauty of Wolmyeongdong to its height.
This is the place where God has blended Heaven and earth together perfectly in harmony. It is to the point people find it difficult to tell what is natural and what is man-made. In the midst of this beauty, Wolmyeongdong is a precious place for us to express our love for God and for God to express His love to mankind.
Pastor Jung, who developed Wolmyeongdong, invites you to “come to this place and praise the Holy Trinity who has saved our lives.”
The Trinity together with humans created this amazing Wolmyeongdong
When Pastor Jung first began constructing the rock landscape, he called in outside experts for help. At that time, he did not have any experience working with rocks. However, not too long after the construction began, all the experts left. Their reason was the rocks that were used for the construction were too big and the work was too dangerous.
In such a difficult situation, Pastor Jung made a suggestion to his disciples, “Let’s build the rock landscape ourselves.”
There was no other solution, but his disciples replied, “We have no experience. How can we do it ourselves?”
However, Pastor Jung answered them with a question, “Are people born experts from the time they leave their mother’s womb?”
Relying only on the Trinity
From that day on, Pastor Jung prayed while constructing the rock landscape. For as long as he has lived, he has been a person that lives centered on fulfilling God’s Will. His days during the construction of the rock landscape began with prayer during the early hours of dawn and continued with him relying on God throughout the day in order to actualize the rough sketch of the design that God gave him.
The Lord gave him inspiration saying, “Whether rocks or trees, if they are not placed in their rightful position, they will lose their beauty. Therefore, plant them and place them at their appropriate places.” According to this inspiration, Pastor Jung prayed to receive God’s design for each rock and tree and built, planted, and took care of everything with his disciples.
Twenty years of development have passed. Now there is no longer any trace of the desolation that was once spread throughout Wolmyeongdong. This land used to be lonely and treacherous because of how isolated it was. Now, we have turned it into a place where crowds of people flock to. We have transformed it into a beautiful and peaceful Natural Temple.
People come for all kinds of reasons. People come because their heart and bodies feel weary, lonely, and tired. But to them, God gives them encouragement and hope by loving them and healing them. And to those who want to give thanksgiving and praise, God goes to them with the blessing of joy.
Pastor Jung confessed, “After meeting God, my life that was worthless before it transformed. Even the land I was born in, which used to be so worthless, has now transformed into a priceless temple. In this way, I wish that everyone, too, will transform and succeed!”