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Man Mo Temple

Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
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
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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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Boynton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We stopped of here as part of the Big Bus tour and glad we did. The smell of incense is wonderful and it is fascinating to see the big coils of incense that are burning. This is an active temple so you can witness people making offerings using incense and then paper which goes in the fire burning ouside. It... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I visited lots of china, taiwan, and japan temples. This one is not the biggest, but one of those with interesting decoration and special arrangement of inner stuffs. My girlfriend also asked me to take pictures of it so that she can remember it and put them on the reports.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Man Mo is not a big temple but it's definately worth looking at. It's an old, small temple surrounded by high-rise buildings in quite a built up and newish/trendy area. It was busy-ish, a few local people making offerings, the air was scented from the incense coils and quite smokey. If you wanted to make an offering free incense was/is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I wouldn't go out of my way for a visit, but since it's so centrally located on HK island its Definitely worth stopping in. The incense coils are very cool, but it makes the place a bit smokey.

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West Hollywood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We first noticed this temple while walking around the trendy/touristy Hollywood Road area. So, we assumed that it would not be terribly nice or authentic. Quite the opposite is true. Though we didn't visit many temples during our trip, this one was the best! And, if you're not venturing out to see Wong Tai Sin Temple or Po Lin Monastery... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Came across this temple during my walk from Sheung Wan to Central. t's a small, old temple in a rather trendy area, and from the outside it doesn't look like anything special. Once you enter the temple it's a different story. The lights of the burning candles filters through the clouds from the burning incense to create a beautiful, peaceful... More 

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