A-ma Temple & Cultural Village in Macau Tour Guide:
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed A-ma Temple in Macau is among the most important religious structures and one of the oldest attractions in Macau with a history dating back to the late 15th Century. The Portuguese landed close to it and promptly named the city Macau after the temple. Nestled amidst lush greenery, just a short distance away the Historic City Centre of Macau, the A-ma Temple offers devotees as well as tourists with a pleasant, tranquil ambiance to pray and get a sense of the local culture, away from the blitz of glitz and glamour.
The first impression of brick-red exteriors overshadowed by the overhanging leaves quickly gives way to one of space and dimensions once inside. A network of prayer halls and pavilions dedicated to various deities including the principal deity, the Sea Goddess, interconnected with courtyards, winding paths and scenic gardens welcomes you inside.
Pay your respects to the various deities inside, enjoy the views from the gardens and marvel at the many inscriptions both inside on the cavern halls and outside on the rocks. You can also enjoy fireworks and Lion Dance performances during the Chinese New Year and weekends, respectively. When here, do not miss an opportunity to explore the A-ma Cultural Village adjacent to it for a tour of its magnificent bell and drum towers, carved marble altars and the Tian Hou Palace with its intricately engraved marble stairs.
Right beyond the complex is the world’s tallest statue of Goddess A-ma, Tian Hou or Mazu – the Sea Goddess, perched atop the 560-foot-tall Coloane Hill. Take the shuttle to the top or enjoy a nice, long hike.