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A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu), Macau

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Standing for more than 500 years, A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu) ranks among the oldest and most significant Taoist temples in Macau. The well-preserved structure, with its tasteful decorations and crowds of devoted worshippers, was built in 1488 to honor Matsu, the goddess of fishermen and seafarers. Composed of six main parts, including a gate pavilion, a memorial arch, and multiple halls, the complex has featured in ancient Chinese texts as well as paintings depicting Macau. The temple smells very strongly of incense, a pleasant aroma for most visitors, but one that can become overpowering for some. Work out when and for how long to visit A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu) and other Macau attractions using our handy Macau trip itinerary planning website .
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  • The name of Macau come for the name of that temple ma. Chacters curved on stone walls and cents taller than my height as well as cents in coils are worth to observe. Washroom is also retroic. Nearby c...  more »
  • The traditional Australian Faith Center, the building has a long history, the temple has a number of Australian unique incense ring, very special meaning, the temple is very big behind the hill can go up!
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  • I went during the Macau S.A.R. tourism. Temple consisting of four temples burned incense sticks or small lots, had put plenty of EMA (cute tassel). Portugal who came here long ago, "here is where what? "And seems to listen, say"mercommuu"of local people, this land became the Macau S.A.R. etymology of.
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  • This "Taoist Temple" dates back about 530 years-- and seems to have lent "its naming" (by Portuguese sailors) to Macau. The temple has five major components, and was designated/recognised by UNESCO when Macau was granted as a WORLD Heritage Site!! The site is often very peaceful/quiet-- and, as such it is quite a change from most other parts of Macau!! Give it a visit-- and you will be glad that you did!!
  • I heard the name Macau might be derived from this temple, which means that Ama temple is like the origin of Macau itself. But, regardless of history, there is not much to see for tourists, I guess. Still many people visit this temple because it is located in the historic centre of Macau and close to some other tourist attractions.
  • In the Legends, A-Ma temple protected the safety of the fisherman. This is a place for chinese worship.The most unique is the incense burns. Chinese offers these incense spirals and hang them inside the temple.
  • Known to locals/drivers as "Ma Zhu" temple instead of "Ah Ma". "Ah Ma" will bring you the newer temple atop the mountains. Be sure to locate the right one. A historical stone among the growing community. It needs more attention if not, it will drop out of the "to visit" list. Although rich in history, it will be a hard to understand place compared to the mainland sites.
  • A lot of people there, need to paid for very temple visit. Very commercial place for a very well know temple

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