The conception of Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center first started in 1965, when True Father came up the Han River to fish and pitched a tent. At that time, the present site of Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center was full of mulberry trees. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 17th, 1971, with True Father taking the first shovel and digging the soil. The construction of the original sanctuary started right after in order to hold the Christian Ministers Divine Principle Public Hearing.
True Father planned to invite Christian leaders to Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center to teach them about God's providence and the Principle. Yet-to-be-appointed church leaders started the construction of the original sanctuary on June 17th, 1971. Even though they were faced with the bad weather, under the direction of the True Father, however, it took just two weeks to complete the original sanctuary. And as planned, the Christian Ministers Divine Principle Public Hearing was carried out successfully; True Father was able to teach God's words to the ministers.
True Father said that the circumferential view of the training center looks like a peony flower; that is to say it looks very good, and it symbolizes the completed and restored Garden of Eden. True Father said that God had made the beautiful Garden of Eden for His lovely children. But because the first human ancestors, Adam and Eve, fell, it was lost. That is the reason why True Father is planning to use millions of pyongs(1 pyon=3.3m*m) of land to build the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. The following is a quote from True Father at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Cheong Seong Wang Lim Goong Jeon(Heavenly Palace) on March 10th, 1997, that teaches us how to behave in Cheongpyeong.
"Cheongpyeong, the holy site, is the homeland for the people of the world and for mankind's heart. So it must be the very place that is to be respected by heaven and earth in solving God's sorrowful heart on earth. Until now, I have prayed for Cheongpyeong and prepared for this site as the holy land and as the homeland for the people of the world. Now, I am in infinitely deep emotion when I think we reached a point of time to start with all our powers. I bought 4 million pyongs of land around the training center. This land is prepared to be the homeland for the believers of the world. As there are bases of our Unification Church community in 185 countries, I prepared for Cheongpyeong to be a historical site to show the historical traditions of these 185 countries. Cheongpyeong, the holy site, is not a place where anybody can visit. You must visit centering on God's will. You must not regard Cheongpyeong as a common Christian revival center. You must purify yourself by bathing for three days and pray to enter Cheongpyeong. If you do that, then you can take guidance of Cheonan mountain, enter Cheonmoon mountain and be welcomed by Cheonyoung mountain. God will not receive your prayer if you are not welcomed."