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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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Stopped in to this temple during a food tour in the Soho section of Hong Kong! Beautiful for picture taking !

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the oldest temples in HK. Go for the history and culture , don't stay too long as the smoke and fumes are not too healthy especially for children and folks with respiratory illnesses

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in to this temple during a food tour in the Soho section of Hong Kong! Beautiful for picture taking !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This temple is surrounded by high-rise buildings and not that pretty from the outside. However, it has a lot of cachet inside and is well worth a visit. Pictures without flash are allowed. Entrance is free of charge.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's quite interesting inside especially when you see personnels in suits (including expats) offering their prayers. It's not a huge place but the place sends off a calming effect. Go there with an open heart too. :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Man Mo Temple is a very busy Taoist temple. Many religious icons in the temple. Incense is very important and is in great abundance. Excellent photo opportunities. Highly recommend, Hope this helps.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is not much to see here - it is a quick stop for sure. It is interesting because it's crammed between huge buildings in a very urban setting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this old temple on our first day. Well worth a look although the incense is a bit over powering.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating place to visit and worship Gods of Civil Servants and Martial Arts - both meaningful for us.Incense is provided for lighting and used to revere the ancient Chinese religious customs. Spectaclar carvings in the temple, and lots of stuff to photograph, sorry I don't have one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am Hong Konger and I usually follow the traditional wise. I usually go there twice a year. As I find that the energy is excellent in Man Mo Temple! Just wanna share with you something tradition, I must find the right date from the old calender (Lunar calender/Yin calender) before I go. 1. check the certain date is not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wish we had a guide! We just stopped by and stepped in during Chinese New Year. There was so much activity and I would have liked to pay my respects. Had my fortune read, bought some trinkets and absorbed the culture. Great experience.

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