A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)

Attraction Barra Square, Rua de Sao Tiago de Barra and Calcada da Barra, Macau, China Published on: 10-10-2016

1 hours 30 mins
07:00 AM - 06:00 PM
07:30 AM
09:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
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The A-Ma Temple is located in the south-eastern part of the Macau Peninsula.It is the oldest temple in Macau, built in 1488 during the Ming Dynasty.

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Why A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu) is special ?

The A-Ma Temple, located in the southeast of the Macau Peninsula, is the oldest temple here. It was constructed in the year of 1488 of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to commemorate Mazu, the sacred sea goddess who blesses the fishermen. It is said that the goddess was called Lin Mo, and that she was born in Putian City, Fujian Province, and was more intelligent than other children her age. She could predict good or ill luck and after her death she often helped merchants and fishermen ward off calamities and turn danger into safety. Now there are a number of folktales about the great goddess narrated in the littoral lands.

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What to explore at A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)?

The A-Ma Temple is a destination offering silence and spectacular views. It contains six main parts, all of which make up a series of classical Chinese architectural treasures, and this is all guarded by stone lions. Entering it and going across a gateway, you will reach the Hongren Hall by a winding path. A statue of Mazu is worshipped here, and it is believed that the hall has the longest history in the complex. Going ahead, the Hall of Avalokitesvara will present itself to visitors. It was constructed mainly using bricks and stone in a simple style. Compared with the other halls, the Zhengjiao Chanlin (a Buddhist hall) was designed tastefully both in regards to size and architectural style.

Containing not only an ancient architectural complex, the temple also possesses a measure of the rich and profound Chinese culture. It is worth your while to stay and enjoy the various poems and inscriptions carved on the stone along the cliff. Furthermore, each year, on the days of the birthday of Mazu and the Chinese New Year, many male and female disciples gather here. They burn lots of incense to pay homage and pray for good fortune.

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How to get to A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)?

From the ferry terminal, you can take bus no. 10A and get off at Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Avenida Almeida. Then you can walk to the Ruins of St. Paul. The same bus will take you to A-ma Temple. Afterwards, you can take bus no. 21A near the temple and get off at City of Dreams. It is within walking distance to the Venetian.

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  • Oldest temple in Macau
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Barra Square, Rua de Sao Tiago de Barra and Calcada da Barra, Macau, China

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  • There are souvenir shops beside the temple, selling delicious egg tarts.
  • Catch a bus (2, 5, 7, 10, 18, 21) from Ferry terminal. From the temple, you can walk along smal road, following the green signs to other attractions because this is Worl Heritage area.
  • It is necessary to climb up the stairs to see everything, but the view from the top is spectacular.
    Things to do
  • There is also a wishing tree, where you can purchase it for 38 $, make a wish and tie it.
    Things to do
  • You can take photos and wander around freely; just keep out of the way of worshippers and don't get in front of them whilst they're making offerings or praying.
  • Be prepared to climb some stairs as the temple is up the side of a rock outcropping.
  • It will be better with a local guide so he/she is able to tell you more stories about this history of this temple.
  • The temple is located in a park-like plaza and various structures are located higher up the hill
  • You should go on a clear day for better views


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When we went in the evening, it was calm and peaceful. Nice, ancient feel. People were lighting bundles of joss-sticks and one had to keep out of the way ! People buy little totems from a shop there and write how much income they want to earn that year; they then hang these in a designated square in the temple courtyard. Lots of these were hanging there and it is believed that these wishes do come true. The odd thing is when one visits temples and monasteries here, no one removes their shoes before entering ! It is not considered essential. Anyway, worth a visit. Here also there were some snacks shops nearby. Nice place.

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Go to feel the real Buddhist temple spirit. It is located right at the sea shore; at ancient times, fishermen were visiting it before going out to the sea to pray for coming back.

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This is the site where the Portugese can to ask what this strange place was called. Of course they couldn't understand what was being said and turned it into Macau. Now you know the rest of the story.

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It was interesting for the origin of the Macau named from. Historical and cultural. A place for visit and also praying, relaxing.

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Go to feel the real Buddhist temple spirit. It is located right at the sea shore; at ancient times, fishermen were visiting it before going out to the sea to pray for coming back.

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