Located in Barra, A-ma Temple is the oldest temple in Macau. The name “Macau” is thought to be derived from this temple. It is said that when the Portuguese sailors landed at the coast just outside the temple and asked the name of the place, the natives replied “A-Ma-Gau” (bay of goddess A-Ma). Thus, the Portuguese would name the peninsula “Macau”.
A-ma Temple comprises several pavilions dedicated to the worship of different deities, representing the influences of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and multiple folk beliefs in Chinese culture.
Visitors can try their luck with the coin-filled golden basin found inside one of the temples. Locals believe it can bring good fortune and blessings to those able to create a unique sound and ripples on the water or make the water jump/dance when rubbing both of your hands against its handles.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 7:00am to 6:00pm