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15 Sights

Temples

Macao houses a treasure trove of ancient Chinese temples, which have served as the pivotal places of worship for hundreds of years. Macao temples primarily serve the Buddhist, Taoist and folk faiths. Buddha, Na Tcha, Tin Hau (Goddess of Seafarers) and Kun Iam (Goddess of Mercy), etc., are all revered in various temples. By visiting Macao’s diverse temples, sightseers can learn more about traditional Chinese beliefs and the city’s historical origin as a fishing village.

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Sam Seng Temple in Coloane

Built in the 4 th year of the reign of Emperor Tongzhi (1865), the Temple is small in scale . From the couplet of the entrance, you may learn about the history of the island, which was once...
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Hong Kung Temple

The Hong Kung Temple is consecrated to a mix of Buddhist gods and Taoist deities. Allegedly, the residents of the district found a wooden sculpture of Duke Hong floating in the waters...
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Tin Hau Temple in Taipa

It’s widely believed to be one of the oldest known temples on the island. There’s no way to locate the exact year it was built, but should be no later than 1785. It is because...
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Ancient Temple of Tin Hau in Coloane

Built around 1763, the Temple is dedicated to Tin Hau in Coloane village, and is the oldest temple on the island. The Temple consists of an entrance hall and a main hall with a pavilion...
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Ancient Temple of Kun Iam in Coloane

The Temple was built around the 5 th year of the reign of Emperor Jiaqing (1800) by local sea traders, as its inscription says. The belief in Kun Iam, the Goddess of Mercy, is very popular...
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Pak Tai Temple in Taipa

As one of the remarkable temples in Taipa, Pak Tai Temple has a rich history stretching back to 160 years ago, according to a stele with carved inscription in the temple. A worship pavilion...
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A-Ma Temple

A-Ma Temple already existed before the city of Macao came into being. It consists of the Gate Pavilion, the Memorial Arch, the Prayer Hall, the Hall of Benevolence, the Hall of Guanyin...
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Kun Iam Tong

This Buddhist temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy was founded in the 13th century and the present buildings date from 1627. It is one of the biggest and wealthiest of Macao's temples...
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Lin Fong Temple

(Temple of Lotus) Built in 1592 and most regularly restored, this Temple of the Lotus has a fine facade of intricate clay bas-relief carved in the 19th century depicting historical...
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Lin Kai Temple

(Stream of Mourning Temple) Dating from the 17th century, this temple occupies a square off Estrada do Repouso in the Patane district, where a regular flea market is held. The temple...
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Pou Tai Sin Un

Pou Tai Sin Un on Taipa Island is one of the best-endowed and most picturesque temples in Macao. Inside the main hall sits the largest Buddha statue in Macao. This Bronze statue, including...
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Sam Kai Vui Kun (Kuan Tai Temple)

This temple is located close to the old Chinese Bazaar area, which nowadays functions as St. Dominic's Market, still keeping the essence of the original function of the area. The location...
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Na Tcha Temple

Built in 1888, this temple is dedicated to the worship of Na Tcha. This small traditional Chinese temple stands close to the remains of the principal Jesuit enterprise of the region...
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Tam Kong Temple

This temple, with a fine toll roof decorated with porcelain figures, is dedicated to Tam Kong, a Taoist god of seafarers. Beside his image, the temple contains a four feet long model...
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Kun Iam Ancient Temple and Temple of City God

Kun Iam Ancient Temple was originally built at the south of Mong Há Hill. Due to its small scale compared to Kun Iam Temple, it is also known as “Little Kun Iam Temple&rdquo...