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“Not quite worth the walk”
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 6 February 2014

I think I found this temple through one of the station maps on Central and decided that temples are always nice. So I took the walk over and kind of as soon as I saw the temple got a little disappointed. It might be that I came from Japanese temples and the temples of Beijing that made me feel that way, maybe your expectations are lower. But I must say I found a few other temples, by accident, in the Hong Kong area that are much better. As it was by accident I sadly cant point you to them as I haven't got the names...

Date of experience: November 2013
Thank 290fredrikn
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Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

I think it's always interesting to see locals at worship and this is no exception. Don't expect a beautiful building or huge spaces to explore.

Do expect lots of incenses!

Pop your head in if you're in the neighbourhood but don't go out of your way.

Thank Hopskipandajane
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

Perhaps it is the clouds of incense burning or the fact that this temple is always full of praying locals, but this temple feels very authentic and is certainly worth a visit. It is not just a tourist destination, but a working temple, with a strong history.
It was built around 1847, in a traditional Chinese architectural layout. There are interesting examples of figurines and carvings both within and outside the two-hall structure. It was built mainly for the worship of Man Cheong, the God of Literature and Mo Tai, the God of Martial Arts. Look out for the brass carving of a hand holding a pen, in front of the central alter.
You can take photos, but must be sensitive to others who are praying.

Date of experience: January 2014
Thank Karends1101
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

I've been to temples in many countries and this once is for locals for praying and not for tourists or sight seeing. It has a concrete and metal fence exterior and not a traditional Buddhist temple facade. Very smoky and filled with incense on the inside. There is nothing to see per se and rather just an altar where people pray so I felt intrusive being there.

Date of experience: January 2014
Thank CheChoui
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, this is an interesting site to pop in at. The temple is currently under extensive renovation, so the exterior is difficult to get a true sense of, but the interior is exotic with heavy incense burning at the center and in every corner. Worth a look, but not a special trip.

Date of experience: November 2013
Thank ReneeReview
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