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A-Ma temple, Macau Overview

A-Ma Temple located in Sao Lourenco is said to be the oldest temple in Macau. It was built in 1488 for the Chinese goddess of sea Mazu on the gentle slopes of Pehua Hill. A shrine for various deities like Mazu and Buddha, A-Ma temple is an impeccable example of blend of various cultures like Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and folk beliefs.

The temple is divided into six main parts Hall of Benevolence built in 1488 during the Ming Dynasty. The entrance of A-Ma temple is guarded by two beautiful stone lions. The pillars and walls of the temple are inscribed with ancient Chinese scripts and richly carved drawings. Hundreds of pilgrims visit A-Ma Temple every year on Mazu’s birthday and Chinese New Year and grand celebrations take place.

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A-Ma Temple Architecture

A-Ma temple is a blend of Confucian, Tao, Buddhist architecture. The temple guarded by two stone lions is a granite structure. A-Ma temple’s roof ridges are delicately carved with realistic ceramic animals and beautiful ornaments under the eaves. The granite structure with high gabled wall makes the temple fire proof. The Pavilions start from the main entrance, the first pavilion is Memorial Arch leading to Prayer Hall which faces the Hall of Benevolence. Further up, the Barra hill Hall of Guanyin can be seen.

Historical Significance

A-Ma Temple was established long before the city was named Macau. Portugese sailors landed on the coast of a village, now called Macau, around 400 years ago. They asked the local inhabitants the name of the place but the locals misinterpreted and said “Ma Ge” the name of the temple instead. This was how the name “Macau” came into existence.

A-Ma Temple is adorned with six hallways The Memorial Arch, Gate Pavilion, Hall of Benevolence, The Prayer Hall, Hall of Guanyin and Zhengjiao Chanlin each belonging to different times throughout history. Hall of Benevolence is the oldest structure of A-Ma temple built in 1488 during the Ming Dynasty. The Prayer Hall was built in 1605 and rebuilt in 1607. The date of construction for Hall of Guanyin and  Zhengjiao Chanlin(Buddhist pavilion) is unknown but they were restored in 1828.

How To Reach A-Ma Temple

A-Ma Temple is located on the Pehua hill, Sao Lourenco, Macau. Buses operating to the temple are 1, 2, 6B, 10A, 10, 11, 18, 21A, 26, 28B, 55, MT4, N3, 5, 9, and 18B. For a more comfortable mode of travelling taxis and private cabs are available. The temple is at a walking distance from the Senado Square which is situated at a distance of 2 km from the temple. The Macau International Airport is located at a distance of 8.5 km from A-Ma Temple.

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