Man Mo Temple

Went to visit Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong while on a trip cut short thanks to Foundation classes during recess week, as apparently it is the fault of Chinese New Year to fall on working days. Mostly pictures, will add more comments if necessary.


This temple is dedicated to both the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), hence the name. It was built in 1847, and gazetted as a historic monument in 2009. The temple complex also involves different wings for worship of different gods as well.


The entrance to the temple has an obligatory stone lion._MG_9987_Ori

Shrine dedicated to the ten kings in charge of Hell in Chinese mythology.

_MG_9986_Ori  _MG_9989_Ori _MG_9990_Ori _MG_9991_Ori _MG_9993_Ori _MG_9999_Ori _MG_9997_Ori Some plaques awarded by the reigning Chinese Emperor in 1877-78_MG_9996_Ori _MG_9995_Ori _MG_9994_Ori


Directions to this place:

Most convenient way is to take bus 26 from Pacific Place (nearest to Admiralty MTR), and drop off near the temple.

You can walk from Central MTR exit D2 (not recommended), or from Sheung Wan MTR (closest for walking)

Exit from exit A2 from Sheung Wan MTR, then head for Hillier St. across the road. There will be another road junction, where the straight road ahead is Mercer St. Head slightly to the right to follow Hillier St., and continue past Burd St. and Jervois St. until you reach Queen’s Road Central.


Turn right and walk towards Mcdonalds, then cross the street to reach Ladder St., near Lok Ku Road._MG_0008_Ori_MG_0007-2_Ori

Just climb up the stairs, cross the road (with tons of touristy traffic), and you’re there.


For me, I went the long way by heading on to Bonham Strand from Admiralty, then headed up Aberdeen St. from Wellington St. The cafes and view there is good, though you will have to climb one of the steepest streets in Hong Kong. We then headed down Hollywood Rd to the temple.

Approx 10-15 min walk from Sheung Wan MTR, and 20-25 min from Central MTR.


P.S.: OSS doesn’t seem to be optimized for image uploading, and images seem to be compressed like a Singaporean in a peak hour MRT train carriage.

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3 thoughts on “Man Mo Temple”

  1. Thanks for sharing this visit! I am curious–what are those spiral shaped cones hanging from the ceiling? They reminded me of gigantic incense but it would be dangerous to have incense hanging from the ceiling. Plus, it is not lit. So, I wonder what that is…

    Yes, OSS does not like high quality photos. Hence, I cannot upload my power points or even PDFs of the readings.

    1. Prof. Sujatha, the spiral-shaped cones hanging from the ceilings are indeed incense coils. Not all of them were lit when I was there visiting. The incense coils differ from standard incense sticks as they do not have bamboo or wood cores, allowing for slower burning of the coils, and their compact size allows worshippers to pray underneath them, taking up less space. Spiral cones allow for more incense in lesser space as compared to joss sticks, though both were used there, joss sticks primarily by worshippers and guests.

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