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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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Unusual Temple with incense burning constantly

elaborate temple in the middle of a bustling neighborhood. Incense coils are lite and can burn for two weeks so it is smoky! 60 statues of "gods" represent different years and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

very nice place to visit, small temple in the middle of hollywood street, dedicated to man , god of literature and mo - god of war

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Quiet, atmospheric temple, filled with burning incense. Easy access via the mid level escalators; exiting at Hollywood Road, where, incidently, there is a M & S Food store.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

elaborate temple in the middle of a bustling neighborhood. Incense coils are lite and can burn for two weeks so it is smoky! 60 statues of "gods" represent different years and people pray to the one when they were born. People did not live to be that old so 60 was all they needed!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I'm glad we stopped in, but it isn't a destination attraction since we only stayed for five minutes. It was very interesting to see the people worshipping. It was so smokey.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This a working temple - incense burning, beautiful temple with Chinese culture of worship, understanding what the worshippers are doing is important - you should ask. Great place for photographs - with the hanging incense, red lanterns. Chinese New was in Feb. so many of the Chinese New Year symbols are still in place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

One of Hong Kong's oldest temples, now surrounded by highrise buildings in the heart of Sheung Wan. Traditional lighting, ornaments and statues - and the thick, almost choking incense drifting down from numerous large coils on the roof, and from the many worshippers' joss sticks - make for a very interesting Hong Kong experience, at least for gweilos like me.... More 

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