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“Fascinating, but be prepared for the incense”
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 3 weeks ago

Little hideaway on Hollywood Road near Ladder Street.

There is not much to see, but when you go inside it is fascinating. The smell of incense is intense, but does add to the aura. The main problem I had was the the blatant commercialism inside with people selling incense sticks etc and souvenirs, but since the sticks, candles etc are an integral part of the worship then one has to accept it.

Still worth a visit though.

Thank Grumpybrother
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst in Central this is worth a visit. Take the mid level escalators then the short walk to the temple.
Make a donation and light an incense stick in the temple to make most of the visit.

Thank davidbrown86
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Man Mo Temple was the centre of the Chinese community during early colonial period. It was the judiciary for the locals as well as a vital place of worship. Today part of it becomes an ancestral hall. The shrine of Literary and Martial Arts Saints still attracts many local and overseas worshippers.

Thank Leon L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While walking down Hollywood Road peering into the antique shops I stumbled upon Man Ho Temple. It really was a surprise: the colour, architecture and presence. Offcourse I had to go in. Just outside stood a tree where locals and visitors tied ribbons as part of ritual. I went inside the temple and observed locals doing their prayers and rituals. This was quite something. You can also donate a small amount for a ribbon and tie it to the holy statues which I did. Next door is a shop and shrine which is also really beautiful. Worth a visit.

Thank JustinWRA
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Reviewed 14 August 2018

This is an impressive temple, admittedly full of tourists.

We got the escalator up (a weird but fun thing to do) and then did the short walk along Hollywood Road. The temple is beautifully decorated inside and is really interesting to see such a historical place within Hong Kong.

The temple is dwarfed by all the buildings around it - which do ruin it to some extent as it takes away the impressiveness of the place.

Thank paletraveller101
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