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Man Mo Temple

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Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
Phone Number: 852-28032916
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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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The queue waiting to go into the temple can be miles long

One of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. It was a place of law and justice a hundred years ago. Now it is a place to worship and wish good academic results for your child.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This place was quite difficult to find. We had done a lot of walking in the area and eventually came across it. At the time it was under going some refurbishment, however it was a fairly average place to visit. I expected it to be a bit more spectacular than it was judging by photos that I had seen. It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

One of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. It was a place of law and justice a hundred years ago. Now it is a place to worship and wish good academic results for your child.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Just quit the noise of the town by entering into this quiet temple. This is a great place to pray and feel the smell of perfume. This is a true experience of calm and wisdom. Buy some candle and look at the locals coming with food and making a tour of all the different statues of divinities. Do not ask... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Such an amazing temple in the heart of the city (Hong Kong Island). Avoid during midday when the heat is too much as its quite stifling inside the temple. The incense was amazing! There is a fortune teller inside, worth spending 5 mins with him. he was 100% accurate!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Man mo temple is very quaint and small amongst all the large high rise buildings. I went in whilst my fiance waited outside as the incense sticks were affecting his asthma. But I went in and donated in order for some incense sticks and a ribbon and tidied it to the temple wall. As it was Chinese new year, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Man Mo Temple located on Hollywood Road is a tranquil piece of tradition in an area full of great shopping opportunities, and many small local shops and eateries. This temple is open to all but do respect the privacy and space of locals and visitors who go in to pray. The smoky interior is quiet and I find it strangely... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Very disappointing. We didn't plan it but passed by on the walk from Tai Wo MTR to the Railway museum. Can understand its importance to the community but !!! Not for the Tourist.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This place reminded me a lot of the Lama Temple in Beijing, which is one of my favorite spots. It's free to enter, smells incredible, and is a nice quiet contemplative space. That said, if you've seen another Buddhist temple, you probably know what this one looks like. I was glad it was on our way.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Taking a stroll through the wonderful streets of Soho, this temple is but a short walk away on Hollywood str., so why not give it a visit? Yes, it is small and yes, it is a bit smelly because of the many, many incense sticks, but you want a typical to see a temple that has stayed original? Go visit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Man Mo Temple was built in the 1840s. They have the Man god for literature and the Mo god is the warrior. There are lots of coil incense hanging from the ceiling and when you go in you get a strong whiff of incense!

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