Address: Barra Square
Opening hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
A-Ma Temple: one of the oldest and most famous temples in Macau. Built in 1488, the temple is dedicated to Matsu, the goddess of seafarers and fishermen. The name Macau is thought to be derived from the name of the temple. It is said that when the Portuguese sailors landed at the coast just outside the temple and asked the name of the place, the natives replied “A-Ma-Gau” (bay of goddess A-Ma). The Portuguese then named the peninsula “Macau”. A-Ma Temple is an exemplary representation of Chinese culture inspired by Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism.
2Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple
Address: Rua Sul do Mercado de São Domingos
Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
One of the 3 temples included in the UNESCO world heritage. Sam Kai Vui Kun was built in 1750 initially as the meeting place of Chinese tradesmen and was dedicated since its foundation to Guan Yu (Kuan Tai) – the God of Martial Arts and God of Wealth. 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 of this Chinese construction at the heart of the main city square with its predominantly western-style architecture illustrates the harmonious coexistence of the two cultures. This temple is directly associated with long-standing Chinese business associations, precursors to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in the city.
3Na Tcha Temple
Address: No. 6 Calçada de S. Paulo (next to Ruins of St. Paul’s)
Opening hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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, presenting dialectic of western and Chinese ideals, as one of the best examples of Macau’s multicultural identity and religious freedom.
4Lin Kai Temple
Address: No. 25 – 31 Travessa da Corda
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
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 has facade with some fine granite carvings on the walls and ridgepole and large Chinese lion statues on the roof. The main hall is dedicated to Ua Kuong, the dark-faced god who protects against fire. He is attended by Thousand-Li Eye and Favourable-Wind Ear. In one adjoining hall are goddesses associated with childbirth and rearing. Along the walls are 18 statues of goddesses with children, brightly coloured and expressive clay figures of the 60′ year’ gods. A further hall is dedicated to the Monkey God, a popular character from Taoist mythology and hero of the literary epic monkey. The Lin Kai Temple supports a hospital and poor people’s home.
5Kun Iam Tong Temple
Address: No. 2 Avenida do Coronel Mesquita
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It is one of the biggest and wealthiest of Macau’s temples with a huge entrance gate and roofs clustered with porcelain figures. This Buddhist temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy was founded in the 13th century and the present buildings date from 1627. Separated by open courtyards are richly decorated halls dedicated to the Precious Buddhas, the Buddha of Longevity and Kun Iam, who is dressed in embroiled silk with a fringed crown (which is changed every year). In adjoining rooms are funeral chapels and scrolls honouring Kun Iam in pictures and calligraphy. Behind the temple are terraced gardens. In one is the stone table on which was signed the first Sino-American treaty on July 3, 1844, by the Viceroy of Canton Ki Ying and the United States Minister Caleb Cushing. Nearby is the marble statue of a monk in an ornate pavilion, and four ancient banyan trees with branches intertwined which is known as the Lovers Tree and a symbol of marital fidelity.
6Lin Fong Temple
Address: Avenida do Almirante Lacerda
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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 and mythological figures. Lin Fong Temple is historically famous as the place where for centuries Chinese Mandarins from Guangdong Province would stay when they came to Macao. Stone lions guard the entrance. Inside is a hall with a statue of Tin Hau on the altar, flanked by the guardian generals. Beyond is a courtyard decorated with a frieze of writhing dragons, a lotus filled pond and fine iron brazier. In The temple courtyard you can access Lin Zexu memorial museum., Lin was very well- known for his active and loud opposition to the opium trade, especially in Guangzhou, which was usually considered to be the primary catalyst for the First Opium War. The contribution of Lin Zexu in the fights against opium smuggling was one of the most important in the history of China.