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Kun Iam Temple

 

This small temple was built in 1800 and pays tribute to one of Macau's most beloved deities, Kun Iam, the Goddess of Mercy. 

  

exterior of Kun Iam Temple in Coloane Village carved wooden decoration above the door at Kun Iam Temple in Coloane Village interior of the Kun Iam Temple in Coloane Village large wooden carving of dragons and Buddhist warriors inside Kun Iam Temple in Coloane Village gold statue at the main altar of Kun Iam Temple in Coloane Village  

 

Sam Seng Temple


Originally built sometime before 1865, Sam Seng Temple (Three God Palace) is dedicated to Kam Fa (the Golden Flower Goddess), Kun Iam (the Goddess of Mercy) and Va Kuong (the God of Fire).

 

exterior of Sam Seng Temple in Coloane Village main altar of Sam Seng Temple in Coloane Village temple door man beside a side altar at Sam Seng Temple in Coloane Village

 
Kam Fa is the most revered deity at the temple, so much so that the temple is sometimes called Kam Fa Temple.  Kam Fa is both a protector and provider of children, so the temple is very popular with expecting mothers.

In 1988, the temple was rebuilt with money provided by four other temples in Coloane.

 

Tam Kung 


Tam Kung Temple was built in 1862, named after a powerful child deity who could heal the sick and control the weather.  Among seafarers and other fishing folk in Macau, Tam Kung is second in popularity only to A Ma. 

 

exterior of Tam Kung Temple in Coloane Village idol of Tam Kong at the main altar inside Tam Kung Temple in Coloane Village long red dragon boat inside Tam Kung Temple in Coloane Village men in yellow shirts and white hats rowing a dragon boat 


The temple is notable for two pieces of artwork: the ancient dragon boat made from a whale bone and a mural depicting a tiger with a cub, as tigers often accompanied Tam Kung.

 

statue of a stone dragon on the wall of Tam Kung Temple in Coloane Village statue of a lion and her cub on the wall inside Tam Kung Temple in Coloane Village two temple guard men on the doors of Tam Kung Temple in Coloane Village

 

Every year on the day when the Buddha is bathed, the temple plays host to the Tam Kung Festival

 

Tin Hau

No one is sure when Tin Hau temple was built, but everyone agrees it is the oldest temple in Coloane.  Perhaps constructed as early as 1677, it is another temple paying tribute to Tin Hau, or A Ma, the goddess of seafarers.  In front of the altar are three elaborate wine boats carved with images of dragons and carps, used by devotees when offering gifts of alcohol.  Temples usually only have one wine boat, the fact that Tin Hau has three is a testament to both its splendour and historical significance.

 

exterior of Tin Hau Temple in Coloane Village large white vase inside Tin Hau Temple in Coloane Village man lights incense at Tin Hau Temple in Coloane Village  statue of A Ma at Tin Hau Temple in Coloane 

 

In addition to A Ma, the temple also pays tribute to five other Gods: Wah Tor (God of Medicine), Choi Bak Sing Kung (God of Wealth), Lo Pan (God of Builders), She Ji (God of Earth and Grain) and Guan Yu (God of War).  An ancient bell on the right side of the temple dates from 1763.

 

wooden boat with sails inside Tin Hau Temple in Coloane Village red table with floral designs inside Tin Hau Temple in Coloane Village two temple guard men on the doors of Tin Hau Temple in Coloane Village 

 

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