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“Beautiful temple, highly atmospheric and photogenic”
Review of Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple
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Ranked #79 of 842 things to do in Hong Kong
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed my visit to Man Mo temple. The huge incense coils hanging from the ceiling were like nothing I had ever seen before and produced some amazing photos. The peaceful, religious atmosphere in the temple was calming and awe-inspiring. Would highly recommend.

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

This is a small temple, but with a nice atmosphere to it. I only went there because of some nice photos I saw of the incense burners, but it was a bit out of my way and it took longer to get there than to actually see it.

Thank HelCris
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

This is a small temple that proved to be an interesting experience. It is a Buddhist temple that is lost near Central. It is a bit difficult to find and does not take long to visit. The temple is filled with incense and people praying.

I would recommend visiting Man Mo during a short trip to HK.

Thank kostyalevin
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Reviewed March 28, 2018

This temple is a monument which is an active place of worship for the local population. Sadly enough Western visitors have a difficult time recognizing the culture and phylosopohy supporting this type of worship. I strongly recommend paying homage to this temple while passing by.

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Reviewed March 27, 2018

This temple is located in the west side of the Hollywood road. If you walk along the road, you can easily stop by here. However, This is quite a small one, so I wouldn't recommend this if you are far from here.

Thank Jung-Pil C
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