G’evening all together and a heart refreshing Nǐ hǎo from Hong Kong.
If you want to refresh your Hong Kong knowledge a bit, we recommend the introductory article on Hong Kong.
Here in the article, there is this time clenched peace greetings from one of the most beautiful temples of the mega-metropolis.
We are talking about the Man Mo Temple Hong Kong. This impressive temple building in the south of Hong Kong has an interesting history to show. In the following, we will go into this in more detail.
The History of Man Mo Temple Hong Kong
To be honest, our expert knowledge of Buddhism was somewhat limited before our Asian trip. This does not mean that especially this religion with its very spiritual and peaceful claim does not fascinate us very much. The visit to the Man Mo Temple Hong Kong was, therefore, an unplanned surprise on our journey of discovery in Hong Kong.
The temple itself was built in 1847 and is the largest Man Mo temple in Hong Kong.
What, there are more such Man Mo temples?
Exactly. Because Man Mo has a certain meaning.
Man (Man Tai (文帝)) stands for the god of literature and Mo for the god of war (Mo Tai (武帝)).
These were worshipped by ambitious students. Their intention was to pass the civil exams of the strict empire of China.
It was necessary to find the best administrative officials in the whole country. All earthly problems, then, which were to be solved with the help of the deities.
In the year 1993, the temple was classified as a historical building of 1st degree. Meanwhile, it belongs to the official monuments of the city. Thus it enjoys highest structural protection.
Impressions from the Man Mo Temple
The temple has an absolutely captivating aura. You suddenly come from the hustle and bustle of the financial district into this deeply spiritual world. The impressions are at first very intense and almost overwhelming.
Heavy clouds of smoke waft through the central hall. Soft tones of bells and drums quickly create a captivating bond to the action. The eye searches for some moments in this thicket of innumerable details and small beauties for an outstanding highlight, in vain.
The entire temple is a feast for the eyes. But where the gaze first remains for a few moments is the central place in the middle. A semi-open roof allows light in the form of so-called rays of gods to flow richly and richly into the interior.
The all-embracing dense smoke sharpens the light rays to an almost surreal level. One feels for moments in another place, in another time. The handwritten notes on the ceiling are probably the wishes and requests of the students and apprentices. Everything seems harmonious, flowing, belonging to each other.
Altar and golden statues
The altar is richly decorated with numerous offerings.
However, nothing is exuberant or opulent. Everything in simple piety focused on the essential.
Various statues and figures discreetly frame the ceremonial character and symbolize the gods worshipped here and their associated symbols.
The focus here is clearly in the detail. The longer and more exactly one looks at the scenery, the more small masterpieces are noticeable to the viewer.
When and where best?
There are, as mentioned, several Man Mo temples in Hong Kong. But the most important one is this one here in Sheung Wan.
Specifically, it is located in Nos. 124-126 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong.
Open for visitors it is daily from 08:00 o’clock to 18:00 o’clock.
We recommend you to visit the temple in daylight.
The light rays, which fall through the half-open roof, create an incredibly mystical and mysterious atmosphere.
The exact contact details are as follows:
Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2540 0350
Man Mo Temple Hong Kong in a video game
Entertaining is the fact that the temple even made it into a video game. In the video game Shenmue II from 2001, which is available for Xbox and Dreamcast console, the building is called Hollywood Road Temple.
There the whole building can be explored from the inside. However, it has a different location in the video game.
f you are on a discovery tour through southern Hong Kong anyway, a detour to the Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong is almost a must. The very busy Hollywood Road is definitely worth seeing.
The Man Mo Temple is located almost directly, you only have to enter. Since the entrance is free, there are no excuses here either.
The photos you can take here are definitely something special. And the impressions you collect here as well.
Do not plan more than half an hour for your visit. Then you should have discovered and photographed the secrets of the temple as far as possible.
That was it with our impressions from the Man Mo Temple Hong Kong.
Next time we will see each other on a voyage of discovery on…, in… Well, let’s wait and see! Until then, browse a bit in our Man Mo Temple Gallery.
With Buddhist – peaceful greetings says 下次见 your Man Mo Temple – Fan Hendrik