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Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
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Phone Number: 852-28032916
12:00 am - 12:00 am
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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 Buddist temple

A nice walk up the stairs, via metro. Simmilar to other temples I have visited, but the walk and the market nearby makes it an interesting option when in HK.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A nice walk up the stairs, via metro. Simmilar to other temples I have visited, but the walk and the market nearby makes it an interesting option when in HK.

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Marseille, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a great temple in the middle of the city, you could smell the incense from meter away when approaching the temple, the inside is very pretty, i think it is a good experience to feel in a whole different place then the middle of the city

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A small but beautiful temple in Hollywood road. It's a place to understand the ancient history of Hong Kong. An amazing place to visit.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice and small temple amongst the hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong. It is a good testament to HKs unique heritage which it has not lost. Definably a must see if you are here for a longer stay.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This old Cantonese temple is for worshipping literature god Man Thai. Located in Full Shin Street this is one of the national monument of Hong Kong. Inside the temple you will find spiral incense hanging from the roof. The essence of burning incense fills the room and makes the entire surrounding extremely serene.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple isn't big. But the inside is beautiful. The whole ceiling is covered with candle-like spirals giving off that smokey-exotic smell and locals actually use the temple for worship. It is great for pictures and to take in the slow-life. Be aware that there are two rooms. A smaller one and a bigger one. So don't leave disappointed and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Surrounded by high rise buildings you find this corner of culture. Step inside to be engulfed by incense and the world of the Buddism. A small humble temple which takes a few minutes to walk around as you pass by.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting to wander through. It's worth exploring the area around the temple and stopping for food and drink. It's a rather "hip" area with lots of interesting cafe bars and restaurants which are all worth a look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There isn't too much to this temple. It is a small place for Taoist worship. They have incense for you to use and buy. It is right in the middle of the skyscrapers which makes it very interesting. I read that there are fortune tellers but I saw none of this at 5pm on a Sunday. If you happen by,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I nice 'city temple' if you can call it that. Its a bit of a walk down Hollywood Road [when starting at the Central Station]. It will be closer if you get off the Sheung Wan station. Its not very ornate and it would be nice perhaps to read up on it or ask a local what to do once... More 

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