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I Leng Temple


I Leng Temple is named after the God of Sacred Doctors and was built in 1900. 

 

exterior of I Leng Temple in Taipa Village rows of incense hanging inside I Leng Temple in Taipa Village temple door man beside a small shrine inside I Leng Temple in Taipa Village

 

Kun Iam Temple

 

Another very small temple in Taipa Village, Kun Iam Temple was built in 1902.  The gold statue of Kun Iam behind the altar is a valuable relic, well over 100 years old.  Kun Iam is the Goddess of Mercy and brings deliverance to those who are in pain and suffering.  She is a sea of salvation in a cruel, wretched world.

 

exterior of Kun Iam Temple in Taipa Village gold statue at the altar of Kun Iam Temple in Taipa Village statues of three Buddhist women sitting down on the altar of Kun Iam Temple in Taipa Village fierce temple door man at Kun Iam Temple in Taipa Village

 

Pak Tai Temple


The ancient God Pak Tai is a product of the glorious Shang Dynasty, rulers of the Yellow River valley from 1600 to 1046 BC.  Also known as the Supreme Emperor of Dark Heaven (how cool does that sound?), Pak Tai protects against natural disasters.

 

exterior of Pak Tai Temple in Taipa Village Macau main altar of Pak Tai Temple in Taipa Village Macau two small stone statues on the roof of Pak Tai Temple in Taipa Village Macau

Constructed in 1844, this temple’s main hall is dedicated to Pak Tai while the side chambers pay tribute to Hua Guang and Kwan Tin.  Every year on March 8th (lunar calendar) the temple plays host to a performance commemorating a sacred battle.

 

small Buddhist statue holds a red card inside Pak Tai Temple in Taipa Village Macau small statue sits in front of a jar of burning incense at Pak Tai Temple in Taipa Village Macau Buddhist statue with long beard holds a sword inside Pak Tai Temple in Taipa Village Macau

 

Sam Po

 

A Ma’s third eldest sister was a water goddess as well, named Sam Po.  Idealised by the locals ever since they vanquished the pirates in 1833, this temple was built in her honour in 1845. 

 

exterior of Sam Po Temple in Taipa Village Macau side chamber of Sam Po Temple in Taipa Village Macau dragon with a coin in his mouth inside Sam Po Temple in Taipa Village two green dragons at Sam Po Temple in Taipa Macau

 

Just one man's opinion, but I personally think it's one of Macau's most beautiful temples.

 

fruit on top of the main altar at Sam Po Temple in Taipa Village Macau main altar of Sam Po Temple in Taipa Village Macau statue of Sam Po on the main altar of Sam Po Temple

 

Tin Hau  


Built in 1785, Tin Hau Temple is the oldest temple in Taipa.  It’s now a memorial of sorts to a battle that happened on the island between local residents and pirates in 1833.  The locals emerged victorious but suffered heavy losses and received compensation from the Qing government, some of which was used to renovate the temple in 1848.

 

exterior of the Tin Hau Temple in Taipa Village incense and incense burner inside Tin Hau Temple in Taipa Village sunlight pours into Tin Hau Temple in Taipa Village shining onto a long dragon table 

Tin Hau is of course A Ma, the goddess of seafarers and Macau’s most beloved deity.  She was born in Fujian during the Song Dynasty in the 10th Century.  Legend has it that she would help fishermen find the shore by wearing her red dress on the beach.  Once in a dream she saved her brother and father from a typhoon.  At the age of 28 she became immortal and flew off to Heaven.

 

close up shot of a dragon bench with three oranges on top at Tin Hau Temple in Taipa Village carving of a dragon on top of a lamp inside Tin Hau Temple in Taipa Village wooden sign at Tian Hou temple in Taipa Village Macau

 

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