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The relatively new A-Ma Cultural Village in Coloane Island is undoubtedly the key attraction around this area of Macau.

A-Ma ornamental entrance gate

A-Ma ornamental entrance gate

A-Ma, the legendary protector of sailors and seafarers and Macau’s most beloved deity, is also known as Matsu or Tin Hau, and is worshiped by hundreds of millions of devotees around the world, mostly in southeast China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Tian Hou Temple

Tian Hou Temple

Established by The goddess A-Ma foundation of Macau, this imposing complex is a nice replica of a Qing dynasty palace compound (Tian Hou Palace).

A broad flight of stone stairs, festooned with meticulously handcrafted carvings of auspicious images, leads to the impressive gate, from which you can enter the compound’s courtyard.

The large courtyard is bounded by towers (The bell tower and The drum tower) and statues, and at the back there is a copiously decorated temple, where the main statue is A-Ma is seating.

The whole place is packed with finely detailed statues, reliefs and other “gems” and you can appreciate that the developers did not spare any detail in creating an impressive monument for their beloved godess

Going further up the hill rises the majestic statue of the goddess A-ma, deity of Chinese seafarers. Designed in Macau but carved in China, the white marble statue stands 19.99 meters high to physically symbolize the year of the handover. The spacious hilltop base of the statue affords a 360 view of Coloane, Hacsa Beach and Cotai. Macau peninsula can be seen on a clear day.