Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong

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Built in 1847 during the Qing dynasty by wealthy Chinese merchants and located in Hong Kong Island’s Sheung Wan district, atmospheric Man Mo Temple (文武廟) is a Taoist temple dedicated to the gods of literature (‘Man’), holding a writing brush, and of war (‘Mo’), wielding a sword. It was, besides a place of worship, a court of arbitration for local disputes when trust was thin between Chinese and British settlers.

Man Mo Temple stands as a guardian of permanence against Hong Kong’s ever-changing urban landscape.