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Man Mo Temple

124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
852-28032916
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Type: Religious Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Small, dilapidated, under renovation. Nothing special by any means. Avoid unless you just happen to to be walking down the street.

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Hamburg, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

If this is the nicest temple in Hing Kong I really wonder what the others look like. It was under construction when we were there but even without there is not a lot to see. Have seen much nicer temples in Singapore...

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This temple was slightly off the beaten track but well worth visiting. We took the elevated escalators (travelators) most of the way up which was great fun and the local area was rather cool. The temple itself is beautiful with numerous spiral incense sticks hanging and creating a wonderful atmosphere. Don't miss it!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

Stumbled on it while antique shopping so investigated. Packed with people & not that interesting. Might be better if more of it's history was known.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A nice an quite spot in the always superbusy Hong Kong. The smell of the incense burning gets to you from meters ahead when walking through Hollywood road. Prayers from all age and condition gather here to honour both gods and ancesters. A nice and pleasent visit for tourists. In one street close by a lot of antiquities are displayed... More

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McCordsville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Seeing this temple was worth the tough walk up and down the city steps. I made a donation, lit incense, said a prayer. I had the full experience here.

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Faridabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The man mo temple is a place you would love to visit if you like to be in religious places. The temple has very colorful and artistic interiors. The place has fantastic artifacts.

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This really is a small but beautiful serene temple. Aromas fill the air. Find out about the history and symbolic / religious meaning before you just light an incense stick or coil so that you can bang a 'drum' Give a donation because you feel ...... Nice if you relax and just .... Think? ABOUT LIFE!...... And all that in... More

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Waterford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Located a bit far from our hotel this temple was accessible by tram and a short walk uphill. The temple is very nice inside and you can see worshippers praying and burning ceremonial money etc. We were very interested and paid for some incense so that we would partake in the prayer to Buddha. An amazing temple to see.

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