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Man Mo Temple

Take a break from a busy day in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial district to visit a peaceful temple, one of the city’s recognized historic landmark buildings.

Walk uphill from the financial towers in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan district and you will find the hidden treasure of Man Mo Temple. You may smell it before you see it, since temple visitors hang large spirals of incense that may burn for three weeks rather than the typical short joss sticks. Follow your nose to the Hollywood Road building with its white walls and green tile roof, an unusual sight nestled between tall towers.

Man Mo is both Buddhist and Taoist. It is dedicated to two very different deities, the god of literature (Man) and the god of war or martial strength (Mo). Step inside the tall red door to look for large statues of the two gods. Man is green and carries a calligraphy brush while Mo is red and carries a sword.

Built in the mid-1800s, the complex includes two other buildings. Lit Shing Kung honors additional gods while Kung Sor was a historical meeting place for local people to resolve disputes using religious animal sacrifices. When parishioners wrote a promise on paper, dripped chicken blood on it and burned the paper, the promise was deemed more binding than decisions from the British court of law. While you can’t make the animal sacrifice in modern days, you may want to bring your partner here to see if the spiritual ambiance will help you resolve issues.

Man Mo Temple is on Hollywood Road, about a 15-minute walk from Sheung Wan MTR station. The temple is open daily, closing to the public in the early evening. Another recommended route to Man Mo Temple is via the tram to Victoria Peak and a walk downhill; it is just five minutes to the temple on Hollywood Road. After your temple visit, follow the stone stairs of Ladder Street back toward Sheung Wan, stopping at a variety of souvenir shops along the way, or walk southeast along Hollywood and the more upscale Soho shopping and dining area.


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Lodging Near Man Mo Temple

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Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Soho $92
Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Soho

Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Soho

83 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 1,539 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Located in Central, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal, and Soho. International Finance Centre and Lan Kwai Fong are also within 15 minutes.

    ibis Hong Kong Central And Sheung Wan
    ibis Hong Kong Central And Sheung Wan

    ibis Hong Kong Central And Sheung Wan

    No. 28 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 4,257 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Central, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Western Market, Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal, and Man Mo Temple. Soho and International Finance Centre are also within 15 minutes.

      Travelodge Central,Hollywood Road
      Travelodge Central,Hollywood Road

      Travelodge Central,Hollywood Road

      263 Hollywood Road, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 1,333 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Central, this hotel is steps from Para Site Art Space, Xu Museum of Art, and Sin Sin Fine Art. Man Mo Temple and Cat Street are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        iclub Sheung Wan Hotel
        iclub Sheung Wan Hotel

        iclub Sheung Wan Hotel

        138 Bonham Strand, Hong Kong
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 1,361 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Located in Central, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Western Market and Man Mo Temple. Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal and Soho are also within 15 minutes.

          Best Western Hotel Harbour View Hong Kong $49
          Best Western Hotel Harbour View Hong Kong

          Best Western Hotel Harbour View Hong Kong

          239 Queen's Road West, Hong Kong
             
            3.4
            of 5, from 2,287 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Western District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tsan Yuk Hospital and Man Mo Temple. University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Island Shangri-La $303
            Island Shangri-La

            Island Shangri-La

            Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Hong Kong
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 294 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Island Shangri-La occupies the top floors of Pacific Palace, a high-end shopping mall. Admiralty MTR Station is below the center, and Hong Kong Park is a few steps away. Guests can dance the night away on party street Lan Kwai Fong, a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

              Best Western Plus Hotel Hong Kong $54
              Best Western Plus Hotel Hong Kong

              Best Western Plus Hotel Hong Kong

              308 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong
                 
                3.7
                of 5, from 1,699 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                In Hong Kong's Western District, this hotel is near the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Both Hong Kong University and Sai Ying Pun station stops on the MTR West Island Line are within a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

                Butterfly on Waterfront $66
                Butterfly on Waterfront

                Butterfly on Waterfront

                94 Connaught Road West, Hong Kong
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 1,083 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Sheung Wan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Western Market and Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal. Soho and International Finance Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).