While walking along Hollywood Road you will have the chance to discover one of the oldest traditional-styled temples in Hong Kong. The Man Mo Temple was built during the colonial era in 1847. Nowadays embedded in surroundings of high-rising buildings and skyscrapers the Man Mo Temple seems to be the last remaining peaceful spot in Hong Kong. The entrance of the Man Mo Temple is on the left-hand side and was built for the gods of Man and Mo which literally translate into ‘civil’ and ‘martial’. Due to the location during the colonial times, Man Mo Temple quickly became one of the center spots for the Chinese community to meet and discuss. The god of ‘Man” holds a brush in his hand and can be regarded as the god of literature and guardian saint of civil servants and politicians, while the god of ‘Mo’ holds a sword in his hand and can be regarded as the god of war and is worshiped by police officers, soldiers, pawnbrokers and antiques dealers. Maybe it’s one of the reasons that there are so many antiques shops and stores located at the proximity of the temple.
Don’t be afraid and walk inside. You will have a good chance to observe the rituals and religious practices. When you are inside, you will discover two sedan chairs, which were used to carry the two gods in a parade. Especially during Chinese New Year Man Mo Temple is very busy and you will see a lot of parents taking their kids to the Man Mo Temple to pray and wish for a good next year and good academic results.
The entrance on the right-hand side hosts a daoist temple and is worthwhile to take a closer look too. Especially, on holidays such as Chinese New Year or weekends there are many worshipers and the small temple is full of life. If you are brave enough to take a look at your future, you can try your luck, shake the cask with the fortune sticks and ask one of the fortune tellers to interpret your future.
Man Mo Temple opens from 8:00am-6:00pm and free of charge.
How to Get to Man Mo Temple:
Take MTR to Sheung Wan station. Then take Exit A2 and walk south on Hillier Street. At the end turn right on Upper Lascar Row and walk one block. At Ladder Street turn left. When arriving at Hollywood Road take another left turn and you can already see the temple just opposite of the street. The walk takes about 10-15 minutes.
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