Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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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  • coconutugly
    Marbella, Spain1,496 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I would not miss this one
    What a place. I’m afraid i saw pics on instagram and had to visit. So glad i did, because it l’s like something I have never seen before. Dramatic, photo ops galore, not many people around except a few people offering prayers. What was wonderful was the area this temple was in…. For me, by far the best zone of Hong Kong. I lost myself in a maze of streets. The area was the place for antiques hunting. Never seen anything like it. One thing about the temple: we were breathing in so much smoke and incense that we all felt kinds strange when leaving it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • kormensandiego
    Manila, Philippines777 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Medium sized temple popular for it's gold and red hues and sun rays
    Interesting place, medium size temple, great for photography but make sure you respect that this is a religious place. I went before lunchtime and it was not busy at all, a few locals gone to pray and a few tourists walking around solo. The giant incense hang from the ceiling looked really interesting. I love how the light shines into the temple at certain times of the day. So wait a while for the sun rays to shine especially on the leftmost room, if you're coming before lunchtime. the temple is also very colorful, hues of gold and red combined. Also great to observe the locals and see what they do, especially if you're not familiar with their religious practices. Read up a bit beforehand so you'll understand what they are doing.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Sue S
    Kingston, Canada381 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting temple
    This ancient temple located on Hollywood Street was an easy walk from the central mid-level escalators. Surrounded by skyscrapers, it was a refuge from hectic Hong Kong. The interior was very smoky, although the open roof top provided some ventilation but likely not enough for anyone with respiratory problems. The interior was less ornate than other larger temples in Hong Kong like Po Lin Monastery but still very beautiful and moving. Tourists were allowed to take photos without flash but there was very little signage to guide the newbie on the history and religious rituals. Best to read up on the temple prior to visiting. Tips-You will spend less than 30 minutes here and it's free, but donation boxes were available and you can purchase intense.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Fredric John
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates216 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be respectful at the temple
    One of our stops during the walking tour. Man Mo Temple is such a significant landmark for the religious people. The location was at the center so It was near the restaurants and shops. The place is also full of souvenirs to buy from the temple. There’s this one section of the temple where you can’t take a video as it was like for their family who passed away in order to respect their privacy. But you can explore the area as well.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 November 2023
  • julesten2016
    Melbourne, Australia2,650 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Man Mo
    With it's white walls and green tiled roof Man Mo is located on the busy Hollywood Road nestled between the high rises. Built in 1847 Man Mo is considered one of the oldest temples on the city. Famous for dozen of red & gold incense infused spirals overhead. This temple worships both gods Man - God of Literature Mo - God of War. Popular amongst students believing that those who want to progress in their studies should attain the blessings of the two Gods. The smell of incense will take you on a journey - must visit it's free
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 January 2024
  • Kelsey P
    San Rafael, California117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice but small
    This is a beautiful temple and it's cool to see the spiral incense lit. Considering it's listed as one of the top sites in Hong Kong, I expected it to be bigger, but it's a pretty small temple and we were only there for 10 minutes. It is still worth a visit though, and it's easy to combine with other sights in the area.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 February 2024
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Kelsey P
San Rafael, CA117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a beautiful temple and it's cool to see the spiral incense lit. Considering it's listed as one of the top sites in Hong Kong, I expected it to be bigger, but it's a pretty small temple and we were only there for 10 minutes. It is still worth a visit though, and it's easy to combine with other sights in the area.
Written 22 February 2024
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julesten2016
Melbourne, Australia2,650 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
With it's white walls and green tiled roof Man Mo is located on the busy Hollywood Road nestled between the high rises.
Built in 1847 Man Mo is considered one of the oldest temples on the city. Famous for dozen of red & gold incense infused spirals overhead.
This temple worships both gods
Man - God of Literature
Mo - God of War.
Popular amongst students believing that those who want to progress in their studies should attain the blessings of the two Gods.
The smell of incense will take you on a journey - must visit it's free
Written 4 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Fredric John
Dubai, United Arab Emirates216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
One of our stops during the walking tour. Man Mo Temple is such a significant landmark for the religious people. The location was at the center so It was near the restaurants and shops. The place is also full of souvenirs to buy from the temple.

There’s this one section of the temple where you can’t take a video as it was like for their family who passed away in order to respect their privacy. But you can explore the area as well.
Written 24 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sue S
Kingston, Canada381 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This ancient temple located on Hollywood Street was an easy walk from the central mid-level escalators. Surrounded by skyscrapers, it was a refuge from hectic Hong Kong. The interior was very smoky, although the open roof top provided some ventilation but likely not enough for anyone with respiratory problems. The interior was less ornate than other larger temples in Hong Kong like Po Lin Monastery but still very beautiful and moving. Tourists were allowed to take photos without flash but there was very little signage to guide the newbie on the history and religious rituals. Best to read up on the temple prior to visiting. Tips-You will spend less than 30 minutes here and it's free, but donation boxes were available and you can purchase intense.
Written 7 November 2023
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kormensandiego
Manila, Philippines777 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Interesting place, medium size temple, great for photography but make sure you respect that this is a religious place. I went before lunchtime and it was not busy at all, a few locals gone to pray and a few tourists walking around solo.

The giant incense hang from the ceiling looked really interesting. I love how the light shines into the temple at certain times of the day. So wait a while for the sun rays to shine especially on the leftmost room, if you're coming before lunchtime. the temple is also very colorful, hues of gold and red combined.
Also great to observe the locals and see what they do, especially if you're not familiar with their religious practices. Read up a bit beforehand so you'll understand what they are doing.
Written 28 September 2023
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coconutugly
Marbella, Spain1,496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
What a place. I’m afraid i saw pics on instagram and had to visit. So glad i did, because it l’s like something I have never seen before. Dramatic, photo ops galore, not many people around except a few people offering prayers. What was wonderful was the area this temple was in…. For me, by far the best zone of Hong Kong. I lost myself in a maze of streets. The area was the place for antiques hunting. Never seen anything like it. One thing about the temple: we were breathing in so much smoke and incense that we all felt kinds strange when leaving it.
Written 22 September 2023
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia810 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This is the easiest temple to visit in Hong Kong as it is on Hollywood Rd near the Mid-levels escalator. It dates from 1847 and consists of three green tiled rooms tucked away behind a courtyard with skyscrapers towering above it. The left room is for the worship of Man Mo, the middle room is for the heavenly gods (Lit Shing Temple) and the right room is for the local community to resolve issues (Kung So). It is full of carvings, statues and incense. It has a Grade 1 historic building rating. Visitors are not discouraged and photography without flash is allowed.
Written 27 February 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
If you are only going to visit one temple, this is a very easy one to get to. It’s on Hollywood Road (10 min walk from Mid-Levels escalator) and is close to other points of interest like the Cat St, antiques market. Built in 1847 it’s one of the oldest temples in the city.
From the outside, it looks humble and is dwarfed by tall residential blocks that hem it in. Don’t be put off because once you step inside, it’s a colourful array of reds and golds, with giant coils of incense hanging from the ceiling. You will see all the most typical features of a traditional temple here.
MAIN FEATURES:
* Statues of gods - the largest ones here are Mo, god of war and Man, god of literature. You’ll be able to easily tell them apart - not surprisingly Mo is the one holding a sword, with fiercely bulging eyes and a red face.
* Gold plated imperial sedan chairs which are used in processions to carry the statues of the gods (they are near the entry in this temple)
* The gong and bronze bell are classic artefacts inside a Chinese temple and are used to wake up the gods when prayers are about to be offered (these are near the entry on your right)
* Altars are decorated in typical fashion with with red and gold brocade embroidery and are covered in offerings of fruit and flowers
* Incense coils and joss sticks - you will see people bringing bouquets of the joss sticks to the altars to light them as offerings
NOTES:
Entry is free (there are several donations boxes) and the public are welcome. Photography is allowed inside.
There is a small gift shop in the room on the right.
Apart from an information panel on the footpath out the front, there’s no other information inside (which is understandable as it is very much a working temple and place of worship).
It is worth noting that in busy temples like this one, the incense smoke is very heavy which will be an issue for some people.
Written 6 November 2021
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patrickperbkk
Perth, Australia1,220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
One of the most popular temples in Hong Kong. A short walk from Hollywood street.
Great atmosphere at the temple, though a bit smokey and crowded inside the temple. If anyone wants to visit a temple in HK, Man Mo is highly recommended.
Written 4 April 2020
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ACL3112
UK3,385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The temple is wedged between high rise buildings which detract from the beauty of the building - but it is there as a reminder of Hongkong's past. It is home to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo) - they were both worshipped and prayed to by students who were taking the tough (and prestigious) exams to become administrators in Imperial China. It was built in 1847 and it became part of the declared monuments in 2009. You are welcome to enter as a visitor, there is a heavy arome of incense which comes from large hanging coils and from incense sticks bouht by worshippers. The interior is impressive, a worthwhile visit. Hollywood Road is full of small antique shops, you are away from the Hongkong of giant shopping centres, perhaps a reminder of gentler times.
Written 24 February 2020
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