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Man Mo Temple

Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
Phone Number: 852-28032916
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The Man Mo Temple Compound on Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan comprising...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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.
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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Very small temple on Hollywood rd, a bit too touristic, but worth seeing it. All the burning encents and the statues are so beautiful. It is peaceful and relaxing.also a nice break between the galleries and shopping .

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Rome, Italy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

see or not see this place is the same. There is nothing of really beautiful or impressive. is a totally waste of time

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Bethesda, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is one of the larger temples in Hong Kong and is quite busy with local residents who stop by to pray and make offerings. It is very, very smoky with heavy incense so if you have allergies or breathing problems, be aware. I could not stay in the temple for more than a couple minutes as the smoke was... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This is an interesting little place on Hollywood Rd that dates back to the 1840s. It is not easily accessible by a wheelchair. There are two temples side by side so check out both. My guide explained that it was called The Man Mo because it was for the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo). Apparently... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The temple is smaller the other temple on the must visit list. This temple is built in the 1840s..if not mistaken. There is no fancy statue for photo takings but definitely a peaceful and holy place for worshippers

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

You should smell the incense before you actual see it if the wind is blowing in the right direction. Interesting little temple in Sheung Wan. There are 2 parts side by side. Visit both sections. A number of people just went into one part of the temple and didn't enter the other section. Both have a lot of large incense... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We got a bit lost trying to find the temple but when we did it was very smokey with the incense sticks burning. Its free to visit though you can buy incense sticks and pay a donation. It was quite small and busy when we were there. Beautiful inside seeing the deities and statues and people watching too.

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East London, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I've read a lot of bad reviews about this temple, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. It is worthwhile hunting it down, although I stumbled upon it quite by accident. It is filled with incense smoke and a sense of a time gone by. Go to it with respect in your heart and an open mind. If your more... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan is a Grade I listed heritage building and one of Hong Kong's most visited temples. While not one of our personal favourites, Man Mo Temple is convenient to visit and offers a nice perspective of what you can expect to see in many Chinese style temples. This temple was built in 1847 and is... More 

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Devonport, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a tiny temple, in a small maze of shops and streets. It is currently under renovation so it was underwhelming, It was interesting to show the kids the coils of incense but in hindsight could of left it out of the itinerary.

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