Light smoke lingers in the Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan, with long burning incense coils hanging from the ceiling. This is the largest Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong, dedicated to Man Cheong (God of Literature), in charge of titles and officialdom, and Mo Tai (God of Martial Arts), representing wealth and loyalty. Many faithful people who wish to pray for the success of their studies and careers come here to worship.
The Man Mo Temple Compound on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan comprising three blocks – Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Kung and Kung Sor – was built between 1847 and 1862. It is one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. The Lit Shing Kung is used to enshrine the gods and saints, and the Kung Sor (public hall) is a place for the Chinese in the district to discuss and resolve disputes.
The Man Mo Temple group is a typical traditional Chinese folk architecture, decorated with exquisite pottery sculptures, granite sculptures, wood carvings, grey sculptures and murals, which fully demonstrate the exquisite traditional craftsmanship.
Man Mo Temple was listed as a declared monument in 2010.