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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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Travelled to the Man Mo temple as part of a tour. The temple has many Incense burners and the smell can be quite over powering. There were a few areas to go into and there is at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This was a quick 15 minute visit. It's very ornate inside but the smell of the incense got the best of me after a few minutes. It's just one room so you only need a few minutes. There's no fee to enter and you're welcome to take pictures. The temple is located on the edge of the Soho neighborhood which... More 

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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Travelled to the Man Mo temple as part of a tour. The temple has many Incense burners and the smell can be quite over powering. There were a few areas to go into and there is at least one with no incense burning. Found this place very interesting with the giant incense coils hanging from the ceiling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Beautiful old temple and yet again an experience with great sensory impact to do with children. Easy to get to and short distance to lots of other sightseeing options in Central

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Visited the Man Mo temple as part of the city tour. Not a whole lot going on here, but got some good photos once the fog from my camera lens went away!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

The Man Mo temple of Sheung Wan is a stunning temple and a step back in time. It's interesting to see the temple being towers by all the tall apartment blocks. Enter through the giant red doors and inside, there are beautiful lanterns and these massive incense coils burning and adding to the atmosphere and a constant buzz of people... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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

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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Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
Phone Number: 852-28032916
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Hong Kong Region  >  Hong Kong>  > Sheung Wan
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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