A-Ma Temple Tours – Macau, China

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The A-Ma Temple is situated on the southwest tip of Macau Peninsula. It is one of the oldest and best known Taoist temples in Macau. The temple was built in 1488, and is dedicated to Matsu, the goddess of seafarers and fishermen. This deity is more commonly known as Tin Hau in neighbouring Hong Kong.

The name Macau is thought to come from the name of this temple. When the Portuguese first landed just outside the temple they asked the name of the place, upon which the natives replied "媽閣" ("Maa1 Gok3"). The Portuguese sailors then named the peninsula Macao.

In 2005, the temple became listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


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