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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. Add A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu) to your Macau travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Macau trip generator.
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3.9
  • Historically significant site to visit. It's about 10min to the top of the temple with lots of steps. There is a bakery there that sells the best fresh Portuguese Egg Tarts a must try when in Macau.  more »
  • This historical location is connected with Portuguese coming to Macau for first time and people visiting the temple for blessing before sea journey. Lot of Chinese people visit the place (any they are...  more »
  • OK temple, but only as a curio if you are travelling to Macau for the first time. Otherwise, there's better and more interesting in any other part of South East Asia.  more »
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  • I found this place to be very rich in culture - and a lot of locals there (but I visited during one of their festival periods). Maintenance could be better - there is no information in English that could help you learn more about individual points within the temple.
  • I thought this temple was very cool to walk around- quite different than all the Portuguese churches in the area.
  • This is a great historic monument, though badly maintained. Easily accessible by local buses. Watch your pockets: some shady looking characters following people around.
  • It's just like any other temple. But the peace and spiritual energy is amazing. Nice and friendly shopkeepers beside the temple campus.
  • nice place for bless and relax. the place where you will fall in love with architecture.

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