A-Ma Temple, Macau
|Town or city||Macau|
|Literal meaning||Temple of the Pavilion of the Mother|
|Portuguese||Templo de A-Má|
The name Macau was thought to be derived from the name of the 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 Maa-gok or A-maa-gok (lit. "The Pavilion of the Mother"). The Portuguese then named the peninsula "Macau". The temple was well described in ancient Chinese texts, as well as represented in paintings, related to Macao. It is also one of the first scenes photographed in Macao.
The temple consists of six main parts: Gate Pavilion, the Memorial Arch, the Prayer Hall, the Hall of Benevolence (the oldest part of the temple), the Hall of Guanyin, Zhengjiao Chanlin - Buddhist Pavilion.
- Kun Iam Temple, built in 1627
- Tam Kung Temple (Macau), built in 1862
- Na Tcha Temple, built in 1888
- Sam Kai Vui Kun
- Tin Hau temples in Hong Kong
- Religion in Macau
- List of historic buildings and structures in Macau
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