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Review of Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple
Ranked #81 of 842 things to do in Hong Kong
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 1 December 2013

This was quite a disappointment. The building is undergoing extensive renovation and as such does really detract from what is obviously a beautiful Temple. Even so it is quite an extraordinary building with magnificent colours and a fog of incense, and still worth a visit if you are in the area. But 10 mins is all you need as the work is too intrusive to allow anything other than a quick walk around.

Thank Anthony B
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

This was one of the last temples we saw when visiting China and Hong Kong and as a result this one seemed pretty dull in comparison. Don't get me wrong, the inside is beautiful, there are some amazing incense spirals and it's an active place of worship so there are lots of people there praying and meditating. However it's very small and not as grand as others we've seen.
It's worth popping to if you're in the area but don't go out of your way to visit it.

1  Thank Rachael H
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Reviewed 15 September 2013 via mobile

Well, to be honest, because there are so many interestings to do in the area u can come just check it out - like 3 minutes max - but dont expect nothing than small and smelly place. The arqiteture is nothing much.

1  Thank PPVillar
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Active Taoist temple, with shrines, offerings, and the smell of incense permeating the air. The bell is sounded to notify the Gods. The downside was the construction work going on, which though essential; to preserve to Temple did seem intrusive. Near the antique markets.

Thank WhiteLightinX
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Old style taoist temple replete with incense and ancient icons. Very beautiful statues and decorations. Even though it is not that old, it feels a more authentic place of taoist worship than other temples around.

Thank Cleber M
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