Kun Iam Temple

Mu Yi and I then continued on our way through an older area of Macau that is definitely one of my favorites.  We wanted to drop in on the Ox Warehouse – a contemporary art house – but it’s closed in the morning (and now closed forever) so we kept going along Avenida do Coronel Mesquita to Kun Iam Temple. 

Like Lin Fung Temple, Kun Iam Temple is one of the three Ancient Temples of Macau, and is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy. 

Kun Iam Temple Macau

Built way back in the 13th Century, the rooftop is a colorful and chaotic clustering of porcelain figures, surely the most intricate one of its kind in Macau. 

Kun Iam Temple Macau friezes

In the main hall there’s an altar devoted to Kun Iam which is flanked by 18 Gold Buddhas, one of which is said to be based on a likeness of Marco Polo, who practiced Buddhism in the temple. 

Kun Iam Temple Macau gold Buddhas

There’s also quite a bit of impressive artwork displayed in the side chambers, more evidence of Kun Iam’s spiritual and historical significance.

Kun Iam Temple Macau flower carving

Behind the temple, be sure to check out the large garden area, most famous for being the site where China and America signed the Treaty of Mong Ha in 1844. 

Kun Iam Temple stone table where they signed the Treaty of Mong Ha

The stone table and seats used by the diplomats can still be seen today.

Kun Iam Temple rear garden

Before leaving, make sure to rub the Buddha’s belly for good luck and fortune.

Kun Iam Temple Macau stone Buddha

If temples are on your agenda when visiting Macau, then Kun Iam cannot be missed.

Kun Iam Temple Macau small stone Buddhas

After Kun Iam, we stumbled onto another temple, the very bright and charming King of Medicine.  The man who runs it was very friendly too after I asked him in Chinese if we could take pictures, and he led us around to the temple’s most important parts.

Temple of the King of Medicine

The Temple of the King of Medicine is not marked on any free Macau tourist map, so we were very lucky to have come across it.

Temple of the King of Medicine flowers and friezes

Nowadays in 2020, the temple looks nothing as it did then, which is a shame considering how natural and artistic it used to be.

Temple of the King of Medicine interior

The interior was pretty boss as well.

Temple of the King of Medicine side chamber

Gorgeous.

Temple of the King of Medicine flower vase and altar 

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