Man Mo Temple is a heritage chinese temple tucked
away in the posh neighborhood of Hollywood Road in Hong Kong. On my solo walk in SOHO Hong Kong, I spotted lot of signboards pointing towards Man Mo temple, which
piqued my curiosity and I took a detour, followed the signs and came across this pretty
temple. This was a lovely unplanned sightseeing on my solo travel to Hong Kong.  

The Man Mo Temple is part of the heritage tour in
Hong Kong. The Man Mo Temple was built approximately between 1847 and 1862 by
wealthy Chinese merchants, mainly for the worship of Man Cheong (God of
Literature) and Mo Tai (God of Martial Arts).
It is one of the declared monuments in Hong Kong
and a wonderful example of Chinese temple architecture from the 17th
century. 

Man Mo Temple is a two-hall-three-bay structure
fronted by two granite drum platforms and a pair of screen doors is placed in
the front hall. There were a number of tourists at the temple when I visited
and it seemed that most of them had taken the bus tours within the city.
However, this temple is easy to locate and can be reached by Mid-Levels
Escalators; just get off at Central MTR Station, take the mid-levels escalators
till Hollywood Road and walk in the direction of signboards pointing to Man Mo
Temple. 

The Temple was officially entrusted to Tung Wah
Hospital with the enactment of the Man Mo Temple Ordinance in 1908. As per the Hong Kong Heritage and Culture Department “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.” 

For me, the juxtaposition of the temple in the
middle of skyscrapers was very interesting; it gave an idea how much the city
has changed over centuries.

The temple interiors are not very elaborate and the
maximum time it takes to take a tour is around 10 minutes, since photography is
not allowed inside.

The Man Mo Temple makes for an interesting visit
for history and architecture enthusiasts; I completely loved my unplanned visit
here! 

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