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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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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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Nice temple on Hollywood Road

This is actually my favourite of the temples. Although busy, it's got a cosy feel to it. Be warned there is a LOT of incense so people might find it a bit much, but it's very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Minato, Japan

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is actually my favourite of the temples. Although busy, it's got a cosy feel to it. Be warned there is a LOT of incense so people might find it a bit much, but it's very pretty inside and can easily be combined with a trip to PMQ which is 5 mins walk away.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is basically hidden in a quite anonymous little street on Hong Kong island but as soon you enter the door you will overwhelmed by the smell of incense and atmosphere of devotion. Definitely anexperience

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is a nice place, but not a must. It is quite busy with praying people and there is a lot of smoke from all the incense burning. If you are on a very short trip and don't have time to go further away with MTR- it's OK to visit (and very close to Central). If you have some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is hidden and even when standing in front of it your not sure it's the correct place. But once entered it's breathtaking, you need to cut your way in the smoke, but it's worth it. Incense everywhere and the special spiral form makes it so special. It's not a must see, but when you have time consider it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is stunning, the hanging incense, the peace and quiet and being away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong makes it stop worth making. Just go in and chill out

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful temple! My son and I were exploring Hong Kong and went to Man Mo. Peaceful and lovely in the middle of modern Hong Kong. Definitely worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very Serene, beautiful temple located off Hollywood Road. really enjoyed the spirituality of the place. Great place to relax and enjoy the energy of others visiting the temple

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the few touristic attractions that do not involve shopping and it is fun. The temple is busy with locals and tourists and inside it is a fog of all the burned candles etc. Very hectic and interesting place to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Remain just a half day before heading to airport, we choose this beautiful Man Mo temple in Sheung Wan. Interesting story & history of this temple behind. I was told local businessmen like to pray for their business in this temple, so, many luxury cars parking outside. LOL! We took many beautiful shots in Man Mo Temple,after that we walked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Between the high rise back ground stands this temple. Loads of visitors burn incense sticks by the bundles creating loads of smoke when walking around. Also slow burning coils hanging in rows. When people get the sticks their monetary value is donated into a closed box. Also when a donation prayer is received they bell the gongs; all-in-all a very... More 

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