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Man Mo Temple

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Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
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The Man Mo Temple Compound on Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan comprising three...

The Man Mo Temple Compound on Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan comprising three blocks, namely Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Kung and Kung Sor, was built approximately between 1847 and 1862 by wealthy Chinese merchants. Man Mo Temple was built mainly for the worship of Man Cheong (God of Literature) and Mo Tai (God of Martial Arts). Lit Shing Kung was built for the worship of all heavenly gods. Kung Sor was used as a meeting place and for resolving matters related to the Chinese community in the area. The three blocks are separated by two alleys.

The Temple was officially entrusted to Tung Wah Hospital with the enactment of the Man Mo Temple Ordinance in 1908. Even nowadays, the Directors of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and community celebrities still congregate in the Temple every year at the Autumn Sacrificial Rites to pay homage to Man Cheong and Mo Tai as well as to invoke prosperity of Hong Kong. The Temple has imperative historical and social values to the territory, representing the traditional social organization and religious practices of the Chinese community in old Hong Kong.

Man Mo Temple is a two-hall-three-bay structure fronted by two granite drum platforms. A pair of screen doors is placed in the front hall. Following the traditional Chinese architectural layout, the rear hall housing the altars of the deities is a few steps higher than the front hall. Between the two halls is a covered courtyard flanked by two side chambers with humpbacked roofs. The courtyard is covered with a double-eaved hip-and-gable roof supported by four granite columns at the corners of the courtyard. Lit Shing Kung, which is attached to the left of Man Mo Temple, was originally a three-hall-two-courtyard structure. The two courtyards were later covered by steel roofs. Kung Sor is a simple one-hall structure. The historic granite doorframe on which the year of construction of Kung Sor can be found is still well preserved.

The magnificent Man Mo Temple Compound is a fine example of traditional Chinese vernacular architecture. It is exquisitely decorated with ceramic figurines, granite carvings, wood carvings, plaster mouldings and murals, reflecting superb traditional craftsmanship.

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Very atmospheric

I visited the temple in the late afternoon. There weren't many people there and I found it very atmospheric with the smell of incense and all the coils of incense hanging from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Apparently this is the oldest in HK and I must say worth a visit. Very peaceful and serene and the incense rings are huge. Across the street id Ladder Street very famous so have a look at that whilst you are in the neighbourhood.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a temple used by locals for worship with massive incense rings hanging from the ceiling there is a lot to take in and as its on Hollywood Road its easy to find.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Hong Kong is crazy, busy, loud, colorful. Fast-paced. There little temples here and there are such a reminiscence of past times and sacred placed to breathe and pull oneself together. Use them.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a little gem tucked amongst urban buildings, this is a very atmospheric mystical temple definitely worth a visit, although it is a taoists temple it does have Buddhist overtones. It was very busy with tourists and worshippers alike.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A religious place for Buddhists but also a place for those of other faiths to burn incense and take some time to reflect I would not make a special trip to visit but if you are in the neighbourhood, it is worth a short visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the temple in the late afternoon. There weren't many people there and I found it very atmospheric with the smell of incense and all the coils of incense hanging from the ceiling. A visit doesn't take very long (maybe 20 mins max) as the site isn't very big. I travelled here via bus (there is a bus stop... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in the bustling centre of Hong Kong this is a step back in time and place of tranquility that is well worth a visit.It will take less than an hour.It is free to enter but well worth a donation

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was good to visit this local temple and view the images of the gods and the offerings and incense that are placed on the alters. They also have very large spiral incense rings that are haning from the roof and take many hours to burn. This the first time that I have seen these and they are very interesting... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the larger temples we visited. On a quiet street just a few steps away from Lascar Row (Cat St), the 'antique' street. Whilst visiting you will no doubt see locals making prayers and offerings. The famous coiled incence is in all of the temples, the best photos of them in the one of the left. There's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful religious temple in the middle of the hustle and bustle. PLEASE show your respect and do NOT enter the temple in inappropriate clothing - a scarf always comes in handy ladies.

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