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Man Mo Temple

Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China (Sheung Wan)
Phone Number: 852-28032916
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Man Mo Temple Compound on Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan comprising...
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

A lovely temple.. The queuing to get in to the temple is the only let down to an otherwise great experience! Well worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I did not really know what to expect, having been to Thai Temples but never TaOist ones. This one is small and intimate with enough statues to pay respect to - you do this by buying incense sticks and then placing them in the sand by the statue while you say a prayer or just enjoy the piece and quiet.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The Man Mo Temple is in central Hong Kong and easy to get to. It's over 150 years old, and has of course been overgrown by the development all around it. That makes it quite unique even before you walk through the gates. So it stands out (in a small way!!). It's easily accessible, colourful, aromatic and interesting. Photography is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Incense smell feels this place. Inside the incense sticks hanging from the ceiling are very atmospheric but I like the outside as well because of the contrast with the tall surrounding buildings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Visiting one of the oldest temples of the country, Man Mo Temple Even today, Hollywood Road maintains a vivid representation of the east-meets-west quality of the mid-levels over a century ago. Only 500 metres away from the solemn Central Police Station, the Man Mo Temple of Hong Kong Island ( built around 1847 ) with its ceramic figurines on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I must have visited the "Man Mo Temple" half a dozen times over the years with my latest visit being on 3rd Feb 2015 and so I decided to leave a review and a few photo's. Located on the famous antique street of 'Hollywood Row' (No.124-126) at the intersection of the other well known street of steps 'Ladder Street' the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The Man Mo Temple was a small temple nestled between towering city buildings. From the outside, the temple didn't look like anything special. As we entered, we were soon engulfed in smoky-incense. The interior decor of the temple was fascinating, and was great for snapping photographs. The temple was full of both local worshipers and tourists. The Man Mo Temple... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The Man Mo temple is nestled in between city buildings and not impressive from the outside. Upon entering it has a vibe of tourist attraction more than actual temple and the photos make it look a lot cooler than it is. Still worth a quick stop here though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We visited many temples while in southeast Asia. Man Mo is a temple built to honor men, not Buddha. It was interesting in that it is so nondescript from the outside but interesting on the inside. Inside, there are giant coils of incense on the ceiling that burn throughout the day. A small furnace outside is the receptacle for pieces... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This temple is noted on our tourist map as one of the must see temple. Upon arrival, a bit disappointed with the size and stature. I thought it will be grand but just an average suburbia temple for worship by locals. Quite a few tourists visited this temple on that day. Maybe misconception. Nothing spectacular.

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