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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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Nice respite from hustle and bustle of HK

This temple is a nice get away from the crazy and busy of Hong Kong. Lots of tourists but it's a calm and inviting space for quiet meditation and reflection.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

During our visit to the Far East, we went into lots of temples. This one was particularly beautiful, and therefore well worth a visit. The colour, scents, candles and peacefulness was a pleasure after the high octane hustle and bustle of the city. In fact we would often pop into a passing temple on the way to somewhere else just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is worth a look check out all three rooms a great temple ring the Bell three times and make a wish

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited here and it was very interesting, however after being in the temple for just a few moments our eyes were burning. There were thousands of incense burning and ashes flying everywhere. We were on a tour and it was very rushed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The temple was built in 1847 and is the largest Man Mo temple in Hong Kong. Due to it's age, there is a great deal of preservation type of construction going on. It's very easy to find from the Sheung Wan MTR station. Take exit A2 and walk up to Hollywood road. You can't miss the aroma of incense from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You should have an Octopus card or you're not a serious tourist! So I am assuming you do. Start by heading up the escalator (I think its heads up after 10:30am?). Go all the way, getting off if you want to check out anything along the way. Head all the way until you hit Robinson Road, which is where you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple is a nice get away from the crazy and busy of Hong Kong. Lots of tourists but it's a calm and inviting space for quiet meditation and reflection.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You have to walk a bit to find this place. Though it seems so-so from the outside, once you get inside, it's beautiful if a little crowded. If you like taking pictures, you'll love this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In an area where you would not guess that there is such a serene and quiet place. The incense makes your experience complete and unforgettable. Worth a visit !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

...but inside is really quite beautiful. The aroma of burning incense can be a little overwhelming if you spend too long in there but the overall feel to the place is lovely and serene. Worth the climb of all those stairs in front!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a serene and calm place. The incense makes your experience complete and let's you take in this holy place. Worth to see!

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