Attraction 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China Published on: 05-08-2016
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Why Man Mo Temple is special ?
Man Mo Temple or Man Mo Miu is a Cantonese transliteration of Wen Wu temple, a temple for the worship of the civil or literature god Man Tai (文帝) / Man Cheong (文昌) and the martial god Mo Tai (武帝) / Kwan Tai (關帝). The two gods were popularly patronized by scholars and students seeking progress in their study or ranking in the civil examinations in the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Man Mo Temple was built in 1847. People go to the Man Mo temples in China to pray for success in examinations or in their academic or literary endeavors. They also go to Man Mo temples to settle disputes. A bronze bell there was also made in 1847. Though it has been often renovated, the original appearance is preserved, and it is visited by lots of people.
What to explore at Man Mo Temple?
Although it has been remodeled several times, the temple still maintains its original appearance. Inside it are delicate wooden bases used for transporting deities during parades and festivals and incense burners made of copper and other metals. Huge tower-shaped incense coils are always hanging from the ceiling of the hall and over the courtyard. And the smoke of the burning incense, together with the sunbeams, adds an element of mystery to the temple and indicates happiness, health and fortune.
The temple is a perfect combination of Taoism and Buddhism. Two deities are worshiped side by side in the temple shrine. They are Wenchang and Guan Yu. Wenchang, with a brush in his hand, takes charge of literature, especially during the imperial examinations, which determined a man's official rank in feudal times. Guan Yu, holding a sword in his hand, is in charge of war. There are statues of other Chinese gods as well, like Baogong, the symbol of justice and the town god who protects the whole city.
How to get to Man Mo Temple?
Bus 26 outside Pacific Place at Admiralty to Hollywood Road and get off near Man Mo Temple.
MTR Central Station Exit D2 and turn right to Theatre Lane. Walk along Queen's Road Central towards The Center. Then take the Central—Mid-Levels Escalator to Hollywood Road.
MTR Sheung Wan Station Exit A2 then walk along Hillier Street to Queen's Road Central. Then proceed up Ladder Street (next to Lok Ku Road) to Hollywood Road to the Man Mo Temple.
- Charming little temple
- One of the oldest temples on Hong Kong
- Good blend of old and new
- Temple in the middle of the concrete jungle
- A tiny gem in amongst the giants
124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
Tips for you
The Man Mo temple of Sheung Wan is a stunning temple and a step back in time. It's interesting to see the temple being towers by all the tall apartment blocks. Enter through the giant red doors and inside, there are beautiful lanterns and these massive incense coils burning and adding to the atmosphere and a constant buzz of people praying to the deities. A must visit.
The energy of this place is transcendental, in the middle of Hong Kong is a place that can charge me up with a powerful, positive and creative energy.