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Man Mo Temple

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Sheung Wan
As featured in Essential Hong Kong and 3 other guides
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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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The temple was crowded with Buddhist faithful offering fruit and lighting incense to Buddha during the Christmas holiday. Even as a non-Buddhist, you could feel the sanctity of... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 2 days ago NEW 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited this site and was neither repulsed nor excited. Just a normal small sized temple. Maybe because of the construction going on..... but not too great unless stopping by on your Big Bus hop on hop off tour

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a humbling experience and very touching to see the ancient art of prays offered to gods for family health, power and wealth... prayers and offerings to appease the gods all done with respect and dignity -

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While climbing the stairs up to the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences,we found this little gem. Very small but very interesting. Lots to look at. Because it is small, keep an eye out for those offering their devotions. It's nice not to get in their way. A welcome break from the climb and well worth it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The temple was crowded with Buddhist faithful offering fruit and lighting incense to Buddha during the Christmas holiday. Even as a non-Buddhist, you could feel the sanctity of the temple and the side chapel. Special temple to visit in HK's Central District.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple is sustained by donations to the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. There are active worshipers; it is important to be respectful. Remember to turn off the flash on your camera. There is so much incense being burned in one place, huge coils of incense hang from the ceiling and visitors add more by the minute. The artifacts and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit to break the food&shopping HK madness! But don't worry it won't take more then 30/60 minutes to visit and you will be back in the game

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Charming temple, not really worth visiting as a goal itself. Try to combine it in your day's planning, for instance with Central-Mid Level escalators, Cat street market, soho

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came by for a short visit. This is one of the small temple, and there were not many people while we were there. It's charming indeed

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