one of the most historical temple of macau.
A very interesting temple to visit. As you climb to the top you will see many different types of incense burning and people offering their prayers. Upon our descent we were rewarded with a troupe of lion dancers practicing for an upcoming performance in the square. It was a lovely surprise.
The oldest temple in Macau (constructed in 1488) and intertwined with the story of Macau's founding, this is a must-see for history buffs or if you're interested in Eastern religions. Interestingly, despite its colonial past, a very large majority of locals are Buddhist. The temple honours "Mazu" - the sea goddess and patron of fishermen. Come for some peace and quiet, light an incense stick, and take in the views.
I have made a good wish, and I believe it will come true!
The temple consists of a Main Hall, a Stone Hall, the Hongren Hall (the Great Mercy Hall) and the Avalokitesvara (Goddess of Mercy) hall, all laid out in line with traditional Buddhist temple style. A-Ma Temple represents a testimony to the interlinking of the history of Macao and the A-Ma Temple.A-Ma Temple is highly regarded by the Macanese and worshipped by people from all walks of life every day. Ma Zu’s birthday, 23th in the third lunar month, is marked by religious activities and other celebrations.The Portuguese translated ‘Ma Kok Miu (A-Ma Temple) in Cantonese to ‘ Macau ’, a Portuguese name, to refer to the land they landed on. A-Ma Temple is also incorporated into the design of the Macao Dollar, reflecting its special status.