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Man Mo Temple

Hong Kong

Visit Man Mo Temple, at the corner of Hollywood Road and Ladder Streets (an aptly named street, where the wealthy used to be carried up the steeply rising stone staircase in sedan chairs).

The Man Mo Temple was named for two principal deities, ‘man’, the god of literature, holding a calligraphy brush, and ‘mo’ the god of war, distinguished by his green robe and long sword. The interior of the temple is adorned with many fine, well-polished brass and pewter incense burners and houses the heavily carved wooden chairs on which the images of the gods were carried in procession.

From the ceiling hang immense incense spirals, which burn for as long as three weeks, carrying fragrant petitions for health, wealth and happiness.

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