In the heart of Sheung Wan, Hong Kong there is a low building surrounded by high rises. Inside it’s dark and the air is thick with incense smoke. The interior is lit by glowing candles and lanterns, with the occasional beam of daylight shining down; highlighting the swirling smoke. Giant incense coils hang from the ceiling, filling the air with an overwhelming fragrance which lingers with you all day.
Built in 1847, Man Mo Temple is dedicated to the gods of literature and of war, making it a place to both pray for success in academia and to settle disputes. The golden glow of the lanterns is incredible alongside the red interiors. I watched worshippers lighting incense, tying ribbons and having their fortunes told. I loved this serene place and saw all kinds of altar offerings, ranging from mandarins to a whole suckling pig.