Barra Square

Barra Square, Macau: Address, Phone Number, Barra Square Reviews: 3.5/5

Barra Square
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UOtterTravel
Port Saint Lucie, FL1,285 contributions
Area Around A-Ma Temple
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is the area in front of, and around, the A-Ma Temple. The Portuguese architecture of some of the buildings in the area reminds me of New Orleans. There is a bakery here that our tour stopped at for traditional items and also shops selling incense. There is a banyan tree which was a nice place to wait for our tour group to assemble.
Written March 19, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,100 contributions
Enjoyable location to visit during Chinese New Year
Feb 2019 • Couples
We had a really nice time at Barra Square again this year during the annual Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday period. This is a very festive location at this time of year with lots of festive activities taking place. I always enjoy being here with the 238 metre dragon parade passing through the square, performing a short circling performance before continuing on its way.

There is also an interesting Pinwheel and incense market at Barra Square during CNY as well as staged lion dances and other festivities during the holiday week. To find the date and times for these events, visit the MGTO website - Chinese New Year event schedules.

This year we paid visit to A-Ma Temple at Barra Square as well to wish for good luck in the Year of Pig. This famous and important UNESCO World Heritage attraction is one of the oldest temples in Macau and a very popular place for locals to visit during Chinese New Year. For tourists, its a neat place to visit year round.
Written February 8, 2019
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Lets Go To Macau! 🇲🇴
Macau, China2,248 contributions
Attractive square in front of A-Ma Temple
Apr 2018 • Solo
Barra Square is near the southwest end of the Macau Peninsula and a popular location for visitors to visit in Macau. This is where you find impressive Maritime Museum as well as the World Heritage A-Ma Temple.

The square is surfaced with Portuguese style pavement known as calçada portuguesa, creating a beautiful scene and environment for visitors. There are park benches and plenty of shade created by the large trees on the square.

This is also the location of very impressive Chinese New Year (CNY) festivities. The 238 dragon parade passes by and stops here for a performance. Lion dances, a pinwheel fair and constant strings of fireworks being set off within the busy temple, make this one of the most festive locations during the holiday.
Written November 30, 2018
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,100 contributions
Pinwheel and Incense fair during CNY
Feb 2018 • Solo
Barra Square is one of the popular places to visit during the CNY holiday. There is much festive activity taking place on the square and you can also visit the important A-Ma Temple which is situated here.

Another main reason for visiting Barra Square during CNY is the Pinwheel and Incense fair that takes place here from New Years Eve until the end of the first day of the New Year. You'll find 10-12 stands lining the street side of the square, opposite to A-Ma Temple. They are filled with shiny and colourful pinwheels as well as incense of all shapes and sizes. These can be purchased and then taken into the temple grounds to be burnt for good luck.

The square is quite lively throughout the holiday time. It is also very busy when the Dragon Parade passes by on its journey through the Historic Centre of Macau. The dragon stops here after racing its way down Rua Padre Antonio/Calcada de Barra and entering Barra Square.

Lion Dances and other CNY festivities take place at Barra Square during CNY holiday period as well. Check the MGTO What's On Macau guide at the beginning of the month before your visit to see date and times.
Written February 16, 2018
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Quack H
HONG KONG2,810 contributions
A square in front of A-Ma Temple
Jan 2017 • Business
A square in front of A-Ma Temple with a few Banyan trees and a small shop selling snacks, drinks and souvenirs.
Written January 17, 2017
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TAIN2013
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia2,872 contributions
Nice open sea-facing square in front of A-Ma temple
Sep 2015 • Solo
This is the sea-facing area around the front of A-Ma temple and houses the temple and the Maritime Museum. With its familiar Portuguese style paving, comfortable benches beneath shady trees and food stalls, the square is a favorite relaxing area for locals and tourists alike.

The square is clean, has an open feel and is not too crowded except probably around festivals and events. The famous Macau tower is also visible from the square and is just a short walk away.

Best visited along with the A-Ma temple, Maritime museum and the nearby Macau Tower.
Written August 28, 2016
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,100 contributions
Great spot to see the 238-metre dragon during the CNY Parade
Feb 2016 • Couples
For those who want to follow the dragon parade through the Historic Centre of Macau during on Chinese New Year day, this is a major stop where the 238-metre long dragon stops and curls into a large scale pattern.

After ritual dance and music, much confetti is shot into the air and the dragon begins to unwind and make its way onward towards Macau Towers. You can take great pictures of the dragon performance set before the World Heritage A-Ma Temple found here at Barra Square.

Afterwards, you can continue to follow the dragon onward to Macau Towers if you have the energy and interest to do so or stick around Barra Square for the fun and festivities here.

Note: For full details on all CNY activities at Barra Square, best to visit the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) website.
Written February 9, 2016
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G8758ABwilliamc
17 contributions
Not much things there
Oct 2015 • Family
Perhaps my visit on the wrong day or time, it's tuesday morning anyway, besides crowds of tourists, not much stalls around this square.
Written October 15, 2015
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ChauhanRuchi
Ghaziabad, India345 contributions
Local and cheap
Nov 2014 • Business
Barra square becomes like a small local market. This is outside a-ma temple. Generally place is crowded and both temple and square are on the city tour.
Written September 30, 2015
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,100 contributions
Barra Square - Comes alive during Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)
Feb 2015 • Couples
Barra Square is a decent place to spend time throughout the year. It is the location of the famous A Ma Temple, the Maritime Museum and nearby to good Portuguese and Macanese style restaurants. However, during Chinese New Year, the square really comes alive and is a very good place to visit.

During Spring Festival you can experience quite a few activities at Barra Square including pinwheel fair, traditional lion dances, dragon dance and this year, we had European group performing flag throwing routines that were very interesting to watch.

The area is a firecracker zone during Chinese New Year so you'll find loads of children throwing poppers at Barra Square. You also see (and hear) massive rolls of firecrackers being set off at A-Ma Temple, This is a great (and loud) experience for first time viewers.

Tip: Barra Square is accessible by foot, just have a look at the Macau maps provided at the ferry terminal, airport and most hotels. It is in the southwest corner of the Macau peninsula. You can take a short taxi ride or public bus. Just use any bus that calls upon or ends at Barra.
Written February 25, 2015
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