Victory Altar

The Victory Altar is a Korean new religious movement, founded in 1981 by Cho Hee-Seung (1931–2004).

Born on August 12, 1931, in Kimpo, Gyeonggi, Korea, Cho was a college student when the Korean War erupted in 1950. While serving in the South Korean Army, he was captured by soldiers of the Red Army but was freed shortly before the end of the war and began to explore different Methodist and Presbyterian churches.

Cho was suffering from a severe ear disease and reported having been healed in a dream by Park Tae-Seon (1915–1990), the founder of a successful Christian new religion, the Olive Tree. Cho joined the Olive Tree, where he operated for several years as a missionary.

In 1980, Cho undertook a long retreat in one of Park’s ...

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