"Man Mo Temple" Hong Kong Things to Do Tip by mikey_e

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  The Man Mo Temple
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  • The Man Mo Temple - Hong Kong Island
      The Man Mo Temple
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  • A side view of the façade - Hong Kong Island
      A side view of the façade
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  • The entrance to the temple - Hong Kong Island
      The entrance to the temple
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  • One of the guarding lions - Hong Kong Island
      One of the guarding lions
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Hollywood Road is not exactly a traditional section of the city, but the Man Mo temple here is quite impressive for the way it discretely stands between curio shops. The Temple was built during the 19th century, as Hong Kong grew rapidly thanks to its status as an important entrepôt between the West and the East. The spiritual needs of the Chinese inhabitants were met by temples that were incorporated into the rapidly densifying urban mass. The Man Mo temple is one such example, with a beautiful altar and statues. Temples in HK are not like churches - there is no set time for prayer, so visiting at any time may mean that you are disturbing the worship of various people. For this reason, photography is generally not permitted in the temples, which is a bit of a shame, given the interesting altars and statues of various dieties. In the main room, a civil god, Man Cheong, is revered, as well as a martial god, Kwang Shi. The temple also incorporated another structure, Lit Shing Kung, which is devoted to the heavenly gods. In all, you shouldn't be disrespectful by staying too long and photographing people praying, but the rituals provide an interesting and invalvuable perspective on a culture that is too often portrayed as hyper-commercialized.

Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road
Directions: Near Sheung Wan metro station

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  • Written Dec 27, 2010
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