Cathedrals, churches, temples, and many other buildings have always been an important part of any country in the world. China has many cultural treasures, but not all of them survived China’s Cultural Revolution. Even though it was affected by China’s Cultural Revolution, Macau didn’t suffer a lot of damage to its temples and local spiritual marks.
The A-Ma Temple is the most famous and one of the oldest temples in Macau. It’s located in the southern part of Macau and it is a place everyone should visit. It’s so old that its Hall of Benevolence dates back to 1488. It’s a magnificent example of how motives from many religions can be part of the same building and express the same religious message of peace and love. If you are interested in visiting this temple, you should go there earlier in the morning to avoid big crowds of tourists.
Pao Kong, Temple of Divinity of Medicine, and Nanshan Temple
This sounds like a gigantic complex consisting of many temples, but, actually, it is smaller than the A-Ma Temple. This complex includes 3 temples and the best-known of them is Pao Kong, which was constructed in 1889 during the Guangxu reign. The temple was built during the time of the plague in Macau because it was suggested that the legendary figure called Lord Pao would make the plague disappear. The plague did stop and the people thought this happened thanks to Lord Pao so they built the temple in honor of him.
Lin Fung Temple
Lin Fung Temple, or the Temple of the Lotus, is close to the border of Zhuhai and it is a massive building complex.
It is believed that it was built in 1592 and that it was firstly named after the Taoist Goddess of the Sea Tian Fei Miao, which makes it one of the oldest temples in Macau. In the 18th century, the Goddess of Mercy aka Guanyin was added to the complex and shortly after that the temple got renamed to Ci Hu Gong. In this complex, the best place to visit is the memorial hall on the right of the temple which features a big sculpture of the hero called Lin Ze Xu, who was appointed to stop Mandarins from visiting Macau and succeeded in his mission.
Tou Tei Temple
Tou Tei Temple is dedicated to Tou Tei, the God of Earth. It was built between the years of 1736 and 1795 and its unique features are its moon-shaped doors and the stone arch. What makes this temple extraordinary is also the fact that its shrines are put on different levels of the temple and their colorful rooftops are different in design compared to the other temples of the same style. Even though this is one of the oldest temples, there are hardly any visitors so it is a perfect place if you want to relax far away from tourists.
These 4 temples are probably the most beautiful temples and the most exciting ones to visit in Macau. The last one is probably the best one if you like to explore places in peace and quiet. The best time to visit these temples is early in the morning as that is when you can feel the true atmosphere of these places.