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Man Mo Temple

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Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
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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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Full of incense and character

We paid for fortunes and shook bundles of sticks until our numbers selected themselves when a single stick fell out. These were then decoded by a fortune teller to inform us of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We paid for fortunes and shook bundles of sticks until our numbers selected themselves when a single stick fell out. These were then decoded by a fortune teller to inform us of our likely fate - not always positive... A really atmospheric place full of incredible character and redolent of the island's heritage - an eye opening contrast to the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is just about the only temple in the central district of Hong Kong, making it a unique splash of historic China in the middle of the urban 21st-century metropolis. Coming up the steps from Queen's Street below, my first thought was that it was quite small, but once inside the gates it still offers a small peaceful sanctuary away... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely spot for photos. Short walk from the trams, well worth the visit. Accross the road from the temple is a nice place to sit and relax, buy a cupcake on your walk up to the temple, then sit down and enjoy after your temple visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great little stop along the Antique shops of Hollywood Road. You can take lots of artsy photos as long as you don't use your flash

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Thank Claire W
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The temple is on Hollywood rd, and it's the only good thing about the road. Settled on the street once known for its holly trees is the small temple surrounded by a big skyline.

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Thank Joe W
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice temple but quite overated in turistic guides. If u have enougt time..sure..worthed the visit othervise can be skiped. Was way hot inside...no information in english, quite small and the location was in between new, tall buildings

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little temple. Not particularly impressive if you've travelled elsewhere in south east asia. It comprises four halls, really only two of them are of interest. We went once, got some lovely photos but we would not return.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Authentic little Chinese temple just off ladder street gives you the quint essential experience you need if you're in a rush. The authentic architecture houses a main hall, an ancestral hall and additional side enclave also housed a tiny gift shop to et your lucky charms plus a 20-30 min palm reading session with a fee of 500 HKD. Quaint!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I went there to have another look was because I heard that they redecorated it and repainted, and also my friends cannot resist to witness what being so famous and talk about. Hot and smoke are the worst not just hurting eyes, it seemed lingering inside the lung and make you feel that lung cancer devil is getting closer and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Very pretty small temple in the mid levels area. Nice to drop in for a quick 5 minutes peace and tranquility. Nice and cool on a hot day with amazing incense smells.

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