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Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
Phone Number: 852-28032916
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The Man Mo Temple Compound on Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan comprising...

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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Nice atmosphere. We all enjoyed this experience. Exotic incenses and tourists and locals in a nice mix. Not too crowded when we were there

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Asker, Norway

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Asker, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice atmosphere. We all enjoyed this experience. Exotic incenses and tourists and locals in a nice mix. Not too crowded when we were there

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

... or a 3rd world city heated with coal on a winter day, then this is for you. The cultural part is a nice addition of course, but after only 1 minute I was close to faint of oxygen deprivation, and it only took 5 seconds to smell like a coal mine the rest of the day. A nice combo... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

stumbled across this as I walked up Hollywood Rd. I was amazed by the amount of incense burning away at 8am. I'd previously only seen incense sticks or cones, but the ceiling is hung with hundreds of incense spirals. The smell was overwhelming at first but after a couple minutes it gets easier to breathe. Very pretty- good place for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're planning to walk or take public transit around HK and see what there is to see you should put this on your list. It's close to lots of other things and is a really nice place to stop and spend 15 minutes to half an hour.

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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I started my morning by walking the area and felt fortunate that I stumbled across the Man Mo Temple. It is a beautiful structure that highlights the area. You should include the Man Mo Temple if you decide to walk around and explore this area of Hong Kong.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple was built in 1847. So, this temple has existed from the beginnings of Hong Kong. It is located on an "easy to get to block" of Hollywood Rd. on HK Island. There are 3 main areas in the temple. Everything is interesting and different, especially to a Western Christian. I did not find the temple as smoky as... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The temple was small in size but ornate. Is the neighbourhood that makes this - lot of interesting shops in area - but maybe I am tainted by too many temples over the years that this didn't live up to the expectation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

It's quite exotic, for a Scandinavian, to watch modern dressed Chinese burn incense and sacrifice oranges to the Gods. Very colourful. Taking photos is allowed, as long as you don't use the flash or disturb the worshipping locals. The scent of incense is powerful, and if ppl give you strange looks in the elevator of your hotel, it's because your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Adherents of all 3 major Chinese "religious" traditions - Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism - patronize this Temple, giving it a sort of unique relevance. The name is derived from the meanings of 2 characters, one meaning "literacy" and the other meaning "martial arts/war." Traditionally it has been favored by students and those aspiring to pass examinations or skill trials of any... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is one of my favourite temples to visit in Hong Kong. Not only is this in close proximity to the central business district, it is also in the neighbourhood of some very old shops (including those that sell artefacts and genuine antiques) and restaurants in Hong Kong. As this temple is not crowded most of the time, getting close,... More 

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