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Review of Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple
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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 10 January 2014 via mobile

not set up for western tourists, nothing in english. i didnt understand what was happening except alot of locals walking around with stacks of paper and handfuls of insence on fire. very weird atmosphere

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Reviewed 8 January 2014

Full of worshipers who are very patient with tourists, who can take photos but are asked to be unobtrusive. The incense is overpowering and falls from above, so watch out. Two rooms with the largest the most interesting. A busy place with great atmosphere, just on Hollywood road.

Date of experience: January 2014
Thank Kay L
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

please be considerate of those that are there for religious purposes
the temple itself is a oasis in the midst of so much frantic activity in Hong Kong
Peaceful and serence with good opportuity to take pics outside
Please no flash in side the temple
I always try to visit when i come to Hong Kong
leave a donation and take home a nice remembrance of incense form the temple

Date of experience: December 2013
Thank mjmjmjmjmjmj
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

We popped in here while browsing Hollywood Road. It’s a lovely little temple and is free to visit. It’s only small and isn’t worth a special visit but it’s sweet to see if you’re passing and the amount of incense burning is impressive. You can get some quite arty photos, if that’s your thing.

Date of experience: November 2013
Thank Vicky P
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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.

Date of experience: November 2013
Thank Anthony B
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