October 28, 2013

Man Mo Temple - Hong Kong

Site Name: Man Mo Temple
Site Type:     Chinese traditional temple
Location:  Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Central, Hong Kong
Highlights: The most popular Chinese traditional temple in Hong Kong
Nearest Train Station: MTR Sheung Wan Station
Nearest Airport: Hong Kong
How to reach: Well connected by road; MTR station is nearby;  
Bus: 26 from Des Voeux Rd. Central (in front of the HSBC headquarters) to the 2nd stop on Hollywood Rd., across from the temple.  
Take the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator to Hollywood Rd. and turn right.
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.
Hotel: Plenty of options in all ranges in the area
Restaurants: Name a verity of restaurant; you can find that for sure in this area
Opening Hours: 8 am - 6 pm

Central is the busiest area in Hong Kong island. Whether you want to transit to other areas of Hong Kong, visit some of the most beautiful architectural wonders, do some shopping or just want to wander around, you have to access Central area for sure. Man Mo Temple which is located in the popular Hollywood Road at Sheung Wan in Central is an important landmark of Hong Kong. This is the most popular Chinese traditional temple (Confucian or Taoist temple) of the city.

Man Mo Temple, which was built in 1847 CE, is dedicated to two Gods - Man, the God of Literature and Mo, the God of War. Man is dressed in red colored dress and holds a calligraphy brush. He was a Chinese statesman called Man Cheung, who lived in the 3rd century B.C. Mo wears a green robe and carries a sword. (Incidentally, you can find shrines of Mo in Hong Kong police stations as well as triad secret societies.) A Han dynasty man named Kwan Yu who lived in the 2nd century C.E. is worshiped as Mo. 

The main altar (shrine) of the temple has the idols of Man and Mo. Man on the left side of the shrine with Mo to his right side. There are four giant idols located facing the main shrine. All these four sub-deities belong to the family of Mo.

To the left of the main altar, there is a sub shrine dedicated to the God of City. There is another sub-shrine on the right side, dedicated to a Judge, who is worshiped as the God nowadays.

Two ornate sedan chairs carved in 1862 are on display in the temple; they were used to carry the deities on procession once. (If you are from India, you would not surprise to see this.)

Like any other Chinese temples, there are so many giant incense coils hanging from the ceiling across the entire temple complex.

The temple has two adjacent blocks - Lit Shing Temple dedicated to all heavenly Gods and Kung So, the assembly hall. 

There are few small shrines found in the temple that are dedicated to Gods of Love and Sex, God of Citizen and God of Wealth.

Your visit to Hong Kong will not be complete without visiting this temple.

Happy travelling.

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