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    Man Mo

    by solopes Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    Too discreet in the outside, this temple is an explosion of colours as soon as you enter the door.

    Small spaces to lots of details, compose a dense atmosphere, where people jostles, moving around for prayer or photo.

    Originally built in 1848 and dedicated to Man Cheong, the God of Literature and Kwan Yu (Mo), the god of war, this temple was use to settle all kind of conflicts.

    The tradition has faded bu devotees continue to come and burn huge bell-shaped coils of incense that we may see hanging from the ceiling, providing the smoke and intense smell common in all Chinese temples.

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    Tin Hau

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013
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    Tin Hau is a goddess that (it seems) has about 60 temples in Hong Kong, some of them classified as monuments.

    That's not the case of this one, located in Stanley, and that I visited in minutes, while waiting for lunch in a restaurant close to it.

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    Kowloon: Wong Tai Sin Temple

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 8, 2013

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    Wong Tai Sin is the most well-known temple in Hong Kong. It was built to commemorate the famous monk of yore, Wong Tai Sin, who became a deity at Heng Shan (Red Pine Hill) in Guangdong. In 1915, Taoist priest Liang Ren-an carried the sacred statue of Wong Tai Sin from Guangdong to Hong Kong and placed it here in this Temple. It is the religious temple to Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The locals and the Chinese tourists have strong religious beliefs that pray in this temple will bring good fortune and health to them and their families. They also get divine guidance and fortune telling in this Temple.

    It is a beautiful temple surrounded by hill and high-rise condominium blocks. You can simply see the local religious customs in here! Faith, sincere, and generous!

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    Wong Tai Sin Temple

    by IreneMcKay Written Jun 29, 2013
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    You can get here by taking the MTR to Wong Tai Sin.

    This temple is popular as when you pray here, your dreams are supposed to come true. Many people head here before heading to the race track. The temple is home to three religions: Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.

    Wong Tai Sin was a 4th century monk who later became a deity. In 1915 a Taoist priest named Liang Ren-an brought a sacred portrait of Wong Tai Sin to Hong Kong from Guangdong. This portrait is now housed in the temple.

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    MAN MO TEMPLE - Hollywood Road

    by swissfondue Updated May 17, 2012

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    Apparently there are other Man Mo Temples in Hong Kong (Tai Po and Lantau Island) but I have only been to this one.

    Situated on Hollywood Road, closer to Sheung Wan than Central, Man Mo Temple is dedicated to two Gods. The first is the civil and literature God Man and the second is the martial and war God Mo.

    Tourists are able to enter the Temple but please remember to be respectful of the surroundings. Photography did not seem to be frowned upon. I was only inside a few minutes but during that time more than a dozen people entered, lit incense sticks, prayed and left offerings.

    As you can imagine the air is quite overpowered by the smell of burning incense but take a moment to admire the wood carvings, pewter statues and hanging incense coils.

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    Wong Tai Sin Temple

    by jlanza29 Written May 21, 2011
    Intresting !!!!

    This might be the most famous temple's in all of Hong Kong.

    In the early 20th century, Leung Renyan spread the influence of Wong Tai Sin from Qiaoshan Guangxi province of China to Wan Chai, in Hong Kong. On the main altar of the temple stands the painting of the Taoist god, which was originally brought to Hong Kong from Guangdong province in 1915. In 1921, under the advice of an enlightened one, they moved the temple to Rosy Garden, its current position.

    The temple remained a private shrine limited to only "Pu Yi Tan" Taoists and their family members until 1934, when the government opened the temple to the public during Chinese New Year. Temple historians often describe the shrine as a miraculous structure for surviving the Japanese occupation in the 1940s relatively unscathed.

    We spent about 45 minutes there .. more than enough time

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    Chi Lin Nunnery

    by jlanza29 Written May 21, 2011
    Pretty cool site !!!!

    The Chi Lin Nunnery was founded in 1934 but was rebuilt in 1990 following the style of Tang Dynasty traditional Chinese architecture. The present-day buildings are wood frame buildings built without the use of any iron nails. This construction is based on traditional Chinese architectural techniques dating from the Tang Dynasty that uses special interlocking systems cut into the wood to hold them in place. The Chi Lin Nunnery buildings are the only buildings to be built in this style in modern day Hong Kong.

    The temple halls and the Chinese garden in front of the nunnery is open to the public daily without charge

    Easy to get to ... get off on the Diamond Hill metro stop on the Green Line as you exist the metro station look for the signs, can't miss them, it takes about 3 minutes from the metro stop.

    There is no admission price !!!!!

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    The Ten Thousand Buddha's Temple in Shatin

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Ten Thousand Buddha's Temple (ph.Steven Aerts)

    The Ten Thousand Buddha's Temple, is located on the hillside of Pai Tau Tsuen near the Shatin KCR station. You can clearly see the red pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas Temple, from the Shatin KCR station.

    This famous Buddhist monastery was completed in 1957 by Reverend Yuet Kai. He got this private land and first he wanted to build a Buddhist college on the site. But some one objected to this plan and that was the start of the building of this Monestary in 1951.

    At the entrance you see a lot of golden human size statues. These guide you uphill towards the monastery. There are 500 different statues lined up next to the walking path. The Ten Thousand Buddha's monastery has in total five temples, two pavilions, one hall and one pagoda. The complex is about 8 hectares big.

    In the main building, the Ten Thousand Buddha's Temple contains 12800 small Buddha images. If you want they can light a small light for you at one of the Buddha's for good luck and prayers.

    This Monastery is worth while the visit. When I came at the entrance, my first impression at the entrance was a whaaaww this is impressive and the further you go up towards the main temple, you feel the grandness of this temple. When the sun is shining you are sweating when you reach the main temple, but on that square you can see again many sculptures and different figures. And you can walk further to a upper level where you can see again other different kind of sculptures.

    And did you know that the nine story pagoda, can be found also printed on the HK$100 note, have a look when you get that bill in your hand.

    You can find more photo's of this temple in my Shatin page.

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    Man Mo Temple

    by Willettsworld Updated Sep 29, 2010

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    The Man Mo Temple, built by Taoists in 1847 and renovated in 1894, is a delightful little temple near the antiques shops on Hollywood Road in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong Island. It is one of the largest (comprising three adjacent blocks namely Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Temple (No. 128 Hollywood Road) and Kung So) and oldest Chinese temples on Hong Kong Island and is dedicated to two gods, Man Cheong, god of literature, and Mo, god of war.

    Man Cheong, who was born in AD 287 as Cheung Ah Tse, is particularly revered by officials, politicians and statesmen. Mo was born in AD 160 under the name of Kwan Yue; he is also known as Kuan Ti or Kuan Kung. He fought against injustice and oppression, and was killed in 219 after being captured by his enemies. In 1594, under the Ming dynasty, the Emperor Wan Li posthumously granted him the style of "Great, Venerable and Loyal Ti, Assistant of Heaven and Protector of the Empire". Both of these gods were emperors in the early period of China, and under their rule the country enjoyed peace and prosperity.

    A statue of Mo stands in the centre of the rear altar, with one of Man close by on the left. On religious feast-days both statues are carried through the streets. There are also numerous statues of other gods. Incense is very heavy in the air from large hanging coils.

    Open: 8am-6pm

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    Tian Tan Buddha. Lantau Island

    by Kyle-Taiwan Updated Apr 18, 2010

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    located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. There are busses that go right there. You can catch a train from anywhere and transfer to bus. Easy as pie.

    There are stairs up this, so the disabled may need to see it from below, which is still very large!

    There is a temple nearby, a market to buy stuff and some walking paths with nice views.

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    Tian Tan Buddha. Lantau Island

    by Kyle-Taiwan Written Apr 18, 2010

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    located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. There are busses that go right there. You can catch a train from anywhere and transfer to bus. Easy as pie.

    There are stairs up this, so the disabled may need to see it from below, which is still very large!

    There is a temple nearby, a market to buy stuff and some walking paths with nice views.

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    by FranceSky Updated Dec 7, 2009

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    The temple of Wong Tai Sin is one of the famous temples in Hong Kong, we go to see Wong Tai Sin when we lost our ways in mind or make wishes especially in Chinese New Year. We believe "He" fulfills your wishes. What you can do to make a wish, it's very easy: Take a incense stick, when prayers just close your eyes and make a wish with devotion, shake the bamboo cylinder and cand take the fortune stick, which falls out. It will carry a number and the stick will be exchanged with a piece of paper with the same number by the priest.
    This is one way of knowing your fortune! Believe it or not, why not try it!

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    China of yore

    by alycat Written Aug 11, 2009

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    The area around Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok is one of the first areas to be developed after the British acquired Kowloon in 1860. One of the most famous street in Yau Ma Tei area is Shanghai Street, which is one of the oldest streets in Hong Kong. Many of the buildings were built long ago and some of the shops have existed for decades. It is a crowded place, with a very Chinese urban feel with open-air markets, temples and lively activity.

    If you get out of the Mong Kok metro station, you will land up straight in the courtyard of Wong Tai Sin temple.

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    Tin Hau Temple, Kowloon

    by nepalgoods Updated Jul 18, 2009

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    There are 3 Tin Hau Temples in Hongkong. The Tin Hau Temple near the Jade Market and Temple Str is maybe the one you will accidentally come across.

    Tin Hua is a populer Goddess of the fishermen.

    The real person behind the goddess was a Song Dynasty girl born in Fujian province surnamed Lin。 Legend suggests that she could have been a shaman with the power to save the lives of seafarers caught in storms and also to heal the sick. Popular beliefs say that she saved her father (and perhaps some of her brothers too) in a terrible typhoon by flying on clouds to pluck them from the sea.

    Lin died at the age of 28 and her body reportedly was washed ashore on Nangan Island, one of the Matsu Islands in the Taiwan Strait. Today her sarcophagus sits in a temple dedicated to her on the island.

    After her death, her popularity among fisherman and their families increased quickly. Her status was officially recognized as early at 1150 and in the Yuan Dynasty, she was worshipped as Tianfei, the Heavenly Concubine. During the reign of the Qing Dynasty emperor Kangxi she was elevated to even greater heights, designated as the official protector of fisherman, and given her present name.

    She is neither a Daoist nor a Buddhist Goddess, but has elements of both religions.

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    Wong Tai Sin Temple

    by hopang Updated Jan 21, 2009

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    Wong Tai Sin Temple is located at Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon. It is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong. It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin. It attracts many worshippers from Hong Kong and the Far East including many overseas Chinese.

    Wong Tai Sin Temple covers a total area of approximately 18,000 square metres. Make it a point to visit Wong Tai Sin Temple when you are in Hong Kong - a fascinating location to take lovely photographs! Kindly flip through the different photographs above to see the lovely temple architecture.

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