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Man Mo Temple was built by wealthy Chinese merchants between 1847 and 1862 as a tribute to the God of Literature (man) and the God of War (mo). Both deities were worshiped by ambitious students eager to succeed in the rigorous civil examinations of imperial China; good grades paved the way for a prestigious career in government administration. Today, tucked in the shadows of hulking apartment towers on busy Hollywood Road, it’s Hong Kong Island’s oldest temple and probably its most well known. The dimly lit Man Mo, with its carved wooden panels, ornate ceramic figurines, plaster moldings, murals, and giant incense coils hanging from the ceiling, feels wonderfully ethereal. A visit to Man Mo is a step off the grid in frenetic Hong Kong.
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One of my favorite tucked away places turns out is a popular stop not just for me, but thousands of other tourists every year. Located on Fu Shin Street, Man Mo is a temple for the worship of the civil or literature god Man Tai and the martial god Mo Tai. Inside it’s one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples I have ever visited, the smells of the incense nearly overwhelming and the silent prayers by parishioners a constant companion. Be sure to stop by for a few minutes if you get the chance.
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After exploring Man Mo Temple we smelled of incense for days – which was actually quite nice compared to the smells wafting up from the butcher shop below our room in Fortress Hill. And like, a lot of other unidentified smells on the streets of Hong Kong.
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Drifting Through Man Mo Temple
Central is all glass, concrete and steel. It’s exciting, but I prefer the more atmospheric, intimate alleyways of Sheung Wan. I arrive at the dark, smokey (incense) Man Mo Temple before the throng of locals and tourists descend upon it. Fabulous trip to Hong Kong: http://bit.ly/14Eqlq7
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Nestled in Hong Kong Island's Sheung Wan district under hulking apartment towers on a busy commercial road, this 1847 temple is a tribute to the god of literature (Man) and the god of war (Mo), both of whom were once worshiped by students eager to succeed in the rigorous civil examinations of Imperial China. Good grades paved the way to a prestigious career in the government service. Today, the dimly lit temple with its carved wooden panels and giant incense coils hanging from the ceiling feels wonderfully otherworldly.

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