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Kun Iam Temple

Kun Iam Temple

English: Kun Iam Temple, Portuguese: Templo de Kun Iam, Traditional: 觀音古廟, Simplified: 观音古庙

The Kun Iam Temple of Macau is one of the oldest and most important places of worship.

It was built in the 13th century and is dedicated to the goddess Kun Iam, who is highly revered, especially among Chinese fishermen.

Kun Iam Temple, History, Gardens, Photos, Hours, Address, Macau

The temple has undergone numerous renovations, but through the centuries, it has witnessed many significant religious and cultural occasions. It was widely used, particularly during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

The government of Macau has acknowledged its importance, so they have ensured that it is protected by the law. The temple is open to the public, and anyone is welcome to respectfully explore its interiors, as there are many features to appreciate.

To get to the Kun Iam Temple, visitors have to pass through 9 steps, which symbolise longevity. Three entrances are found in the temple gate, though the middle gate has been reserved for officials or other important personnel. The public can use the gates on each side.

Inside the temple, one can notice the sculptures of two dragons playing with a pearl; this represents leadership, while the pearl represents good fortune and wisdom.

The main hall inside is called the Hall of Great Strength, though there are two other halls: the Ciyun Hall and the Fayu Hall. Not to be missed is the incredible Shiwan pottery, which is included on the First List of National Intangible Cultural Heritages because of its impeccable craftsmanship.

These are just among the dozens of unique features you can see in the temple, though, of course, the main highlight is the Kun Iam statue, which is dressed in beautiful silk and wears a crown that changes each year.

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