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Man Mo Temple

Location:124 Hollywood Road; in the Mid-levels in the Western District of Hong Kong Island.
Opening time: Man Mo temple is open daily between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Best time to visit: The weather is generally fine for travelers all the year around, except for when there are typhoons. To avoid the rain and enjoy the sunny weather, October and November have about the least rainfall, and the days are cooler.

How to Get There

Visitors can take No.26 bus at the Landmark on Des Voeux Road Central and get off at the second stop of Hollywood Road and then they can walk to the Man Mo Temple.

Introduction

It is the oldest temple in Hong Kong in the Mid-levels area of Hong Kong Island. It is half the way up Victoria Peak. In the temple, two idols are worshiped, the God of Literature and the God of War. It 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.

TIt is said that the ceremony for settling disputes between people of cutting off a chicken's head and burning yellow paper originated during the Qing dynasty. In this ceremony, in order to avoid going to court, people invoke the gods to punish people who don't perform the vows that they publicly make in the ceremony.

History

This temple was built by Taoists during the colonial era. One of their gods, the god of literature named Man Cheong, was born in AD 287. The other god, Mo, was born in AD 160. It is said that he fought against oppression and injustice and was killed in 219 at the hands of his enemies. There are other idols there too.

Man Mo Temple has been managed by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals since 1908.

Features

  • Said to be the oldest temple in Hong Kong.
  • Has two idols of literature and war, and other idols too.
  • Worshippers burn lots and lots of incense.

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