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Man Mo Temple

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Sheung Wan
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Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
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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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Very nice place for worship. Nice statues and the aura is very positive. Can get too smokey during special days due to the number of people lighting incense.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bacolod, Philippines
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If you've seen plenty of Chinese temples, this one doesn't stand out all that much. It's nice, but a bit small. If it's your first Chinese temple, you'll probably enjoy it. Try to get a guided tour. (I'm not sure how, but I saw some people with guides.)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We knew it was worth a look as a number of tours were there. Ancient temple with a heavily burning incense vibe. Worth a look as you wander through sheung wan.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The two characters "Man" and "Mo" stand for the literal captain and military captain who guard this temple. The cultural representation is rich. Traditionally, parents would visit this temple with their children before a school year commenced. The children would be encouraged to touch the brush held by the literal captain and the weapon held by the military captain. The... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You have to climb several flights of stairs (Ladder Street) if you're going to the temple from Sheung Wan or Central. The temple was quite small as compared to other temples that I have visited in the past. Photography is allowed, but flash cannot be used. It's good to take pictures of the spiral/conical incense hanging from the ceiling. Ventilation... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice place for worship. Nice statues and the aura is very positive. Can get too smokey during special days due to the number of people lighting incense.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you were a casting director wishing to depict a small ,ornate ,incense filled historically and culturally interesting Buddhist temple ,then this would be close to the mark . Huge incense coils hanging from the ceiling ,amidst the shrines and deities,whilst worshippers make their offerings and pray . Take care to remember this is a place of serene worship ,NOT.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all, please respect the people and the place - lots of people praying. ;) This temple is amazing - every single corner of this temple is beautiful and interesting. Take a moment to pay attention to all the details. Just enjoy this quiet place in Hong Kong.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This temple was on my to do list for the things / attractions to see in Hong Kong. We took the MTR to Sheung Wan and walked up to the temple. A small temple with lot many people praying / burning incense sticks and way many tourists taking pictures (like me). A very ordinary temple in my view and can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were so excited to visit this temple and so when we arrived in Man mo temple I saw a lot of buddhist praying and doing their rituals. Some people were offering fruits, and other stuff to their saints /Gods. And since It was our first time visiting HK, I took all the chances. Even if I didnt know what... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this temple to see something about the local culture. I wouldn't treat it as an attraction or expecting them to cater for tourists. I just quietly visited trying to learn something about the local culture and I liked. About the temple itself I found it very beautiful. We went to a Pacific Coffee nearby after in Hollywood Road.

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