A-Ma Temple

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A-Ma Temple
A-Ma Temple, located in the southeast of the Macau Peninsula, is the oldest temple here. Approximately four hundred years ago the Portuguese landed on a sea promontory near a temple. They asked the local inhabitants the name of the land, but the locals misunderstood, thinking that the Portuguese were asking for the name of the temple. So they answered 'Ma Ge'. Later, the Portuguese translated the named into 'Macau' and used it to refer to the land. A-Ma Temple is one of the three famous Buddha halls in Macau.

The A-Ma Temple 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 at 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.

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.
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Containing not only an ancient architectural complex, A-Ma 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.

How to get to A-Ma Temple

1. Take bus 1, 2, 6B, 10A, 10, 11, 18, 21A, 26, 28B, 55, MT4, N3 to A-Ma Temple.
2. Take bus 5, 9, or 18B to A-Ma Temple General Station.
Entrance Fee Free
Opening Hours 7:00 - 18:00

 Nearby Attraction:
 Maritime Museum

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- Last updated on Apr. 08, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on A-Ma Temple
Asked by Carlo from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 16, 2019 00:18Reply
If bus fare from Senado Square to Ama Temple is 3.2MOP, will the bus accept HKD as payment?
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Answered by Aria from CANADA | Jan. 17, 2019 19:55

Yes, you can use the HKD for payment.
Asked by Maitreya from INDONESIA | Apr. 14, 2018 11:09Reply
Ama temple to Macau Tower then Venetian
Hello there, I would like to have a trip to macao.
The 1st place is Senado square
2nd place is Ama Temple
3rd Place macao tower
4th City Of dream and Venetian

Could you help me the best ride to go to those places?
Maybe start from Senado-Ama temple, etc.
From macao tower to City of Dream there are shuttle bus?

And can you give me the estimation of the bus price each trip?

Apologize due to so many question.
Thank you for the response.
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Answered by Emma from SINGAPORE | Apr. 16, 2018 02:43

Senado Square to Ama Temple: take bus 2/11/10A straight there. The bus fare is 3.2MOP.
Ama Temple to Tower: take bus 26. The bus fare is around 2.2MOP.
TO City of Dream, you can take he free shuttle bus. Then, just walk west for 10mins to the Venetian.
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