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Man Mo Temple

Sheung Wan
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Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
Phone Number: 852-28032916
12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Description: 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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A tiny gem in amongst the giants.

On Hollywood Road in amongst buildings so tall you strain your neck looking up at them is this wonderfully peaceful temple. Smell the incense, walk in the doors and drift back in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Maybe because the reviews are that good or maybe just because I have seen so many great Chinese temples, but I was not that impressed by the temple. If you are in the area please visit,.. But I would not make detour for it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Had a great time at this place. The experience was very unique and interesting and loved the great vibes here. The continuously burning incense, all the red, the concept of war and creation, people coming and praying - this place was very peaceful and different in the middle of Hong Kong but outside it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

On Hollywood Road in amongst buildings so tall you strain your neck looking up at them is this wonderfully peaceful temple. Smell the incense, walk in the doors and drift back in history. I loved the setting, so out of place but so, strangely, right. Very welcoming, very peaceful.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Nice, not big temple to visit. Interesting energy in the temple, surprisingly not many people visited so it was lovely an peaceful!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

First time in my life to step into a Buddhist temple .... I have to admit my shameful ignorance of the Buddhist faith. Everything was strikingly different for me.. Although I come from the faith of Islam, and Buddhism in some aspects is totally different, I learned to appreciate and respect the culture and the traditions of Buddhists. One warning... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I love Buddhist Temples and this is one of my favourites. Chinese Buddhist Temples always have a pantheon of local dieties and bodhisattvas that I don't know, but that doesn't take away from the feeling. This temple is always full of the aroma and smoke of incense from the coils on the ceiling. I feel peaceful in here and can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

okay so its another temple, but its a temple with a fair bit of atmosphere and vibe. tourists (non-mainland) show great respect for the locals who go about practising their faith almost infront of an audience without much fuss or fluster and for this they have my highest respect.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Found at the heart of Hollywood Road, the atmospheric Man Mo Temple pays tribute to the God of Literature.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This place gives you a glimpse of traditional religious belief and the culture of the local people in comparison to the modern sites all over the place. But, it wouldn't take more than 5 mins and if you are around the Hollywood road, you can drop in to have a quick look.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Nice and worth going temple, especially for those who like photography. You can get good photos from the round joystick and open rooftop effect.

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