Discover The Oldest & Most Liberal Temple In The Macau Peninsula

by Natasha Monteiro
Discover The Oldest & Most Liberal Temple In The Macau Peninsula

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The A-Ma Temple in Macau let’s you smoke, wear shorts, shoes and even click selfies! Now, if that isn’t liberal, we don’t know what is.

What Is It?

The A-Ma temple, also known as the Mazu Temple, located in the southeast of Macau Peninsula, is among the oldest religious temples in Macao. In fact, Macao got its name from this temple. When the Portugese first landed in Macao, they asked the locals what the name of the land was. The locals misunderstood this, as them asking for the name of the temple and told them, it’s called A-Ma-Gao. This eventually got changed to Macao.

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a-ma temple

The A-Ma temple is over 5 centuries old and was built way back in 1488. The temple was built to commemorate Goddess Mazu. She is known as the Goddess of the Sea and the Protector of Fishermen. The temple is the most ideal representation of Chinese culture and has been inspired by Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and several folk beliefs.

a-ma temple


Chinese name: 妈阁庙
Recommended time to visit: During the day
How to get there: Macao is well connected by buses and cabs. If you wish to take a bus, you can take 1, 2, 5, 6B, 7, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 21A, 26, 28B, 55, MT4, N3

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