The air is heavy with incense smoke, large coils hang from the ceiling. One of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. A quiet, calm atmosphere, in contrast to the bustle and ritzy streets of Central Hong Kong. Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road is the largest and most famous Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong.
Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple is dedicated to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo) Literally translated “Man” means “Civil” and “Mo” Means “Military”.
Man Cheong, The God of literature, clothed in red, carries a calligraphy brush while Mo Tai the God of War, dressed in green, holds a sword.
The temple was built in 1847 and in addition to being used as a temple was also a place to settle disputes amongst the people during the British Rule of Hong Kong.
Incense coils and sticks are burned to feed the spirits and bring good fortune. It gives the whole place a mystic ethereal feel, like something out of a kung fu film
1. If you can, go in the late morning/early afternoon on a sunny day to see the beams of light in the hazy atmosphere.
2. Turn off your flash! Not only is it not allowed but you will capture the ambiance better without it.
3. A wide-angle lens will work well for the incense burning area. It’s not very large, so to get the incense coils and golden cauldrons, shoot wide.
4. Get up close and shoot the smaller details. There are many.
Getting to the Man Mo Temple
Address: 124–126 Hollywood Rd, Tai Ping Shan, Central, Hong Kong
Man Mo Temple entrance fee: Free
Man Mo Temple hours: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
On the MTR take the Sheung Wan stop, Exit A2. Head up-hill to Hollywood Road. Take a look at the map here.
Alternately you can take the mid-levels escalators, getting off at Hollywood Road, then follow Hollywood Road to Man Mo Temple. This is an easier option as you won’t have to walk up the steep hill and you get to ride on the largest outdoor escalator system in the world! For more information on the Mid-Levels escalator, check out point 5 of my post here.
And finally, don’t forget to stop and appreciate the entrance as you walk into the temple.
Click here to check out the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. It’s my favorite in Hong Kong