Matsu Cultural Village

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7000 sq. meter complex dedicated to the Goddess A-Ma
Feb 2020
The A-Ma Cultural Village is located near the Peak of the Coloane mountain. This is a 7,000 sq. meter complex dedicated the the Goddess A-Ma also known as Mazu and the Goddess of the Sea. Opening hours are 9am to 6pm daily. Completed in 2003, this has become a very popular place to visit in Macau for A-Ma devotees and tourists alike. There are quite a few points of interest at the A-Ma Cultural Village including the six staircases with embedded bluestone reliefs leading up to the memorial archway entrance into the complex. There are beautiful dragon carved beams and delicate panels to be seen as you enter through the archway. At the complex, you will find a bell tower, drum tower, red-brick pagoda with nice reliefs, turtle ponds, large scale joss stick cauldrons and as well as the highlight Tin Hau Temple in the middle of the complex. This is an auspiciously decorated hall with delightful murals, more dragon columns, wooden carved interior beams and expected shrines with deity figures. Make sure to find the 5 metre tall vases within the temple. Behind the Tin Hau Temple, you will find a second two-storey worship hall that is also nice to visit. After exploring the interior of the A-Ma Cultural Village, just outside the complex, there is a separate Baoding Plaza, where you see a giant cauldron. A short 2-3 minute walk further towards the Coloane Peak, visitors will find the 19.99 metre tall Statue of the Goddess A-Ma. This is a nice way to round out visits to the A-Ma Cultural Village. Note that to make your way up the mountainside to the A-Ma Cultural Village you will need to start from the Seac Pai Van Park near the large scale stone archway monument. You can walk up Estrada do Alto de Coloane (allow 20-30 minutes for this fairly steep ascent). Taxis can drive you all the way up to the complex or you can use the free shuttle service between the lower car park area and the cultural village. Note that the shuttle runs every 30 minutes and is limited to 24 passengers. There is yellow coloured shuttle schedule with posted running times in the car park.

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Macau, China2,248 contributions
Large scale free attraction on Coloane Hill
Feb 2020
Near the Peak of Coloane Hill is a large scale complex called the A-Ma Cultural Village. Designed in the manner of a Chinese palace and dedicated to the beloved Goddess of the Sea (A-Ma or Mazu), this is large attraction with numerous interesting things to see for visitors.

Here you will want to keep your eye open for the staircase series and embedded bluestone reliefs leading up to the memorial archway entrance into the complex. The two towers that flank the entrance are also attractive.

Inside the complex make sure to see the Tin Hau Temple and its impressive dragon pillars, the smaller worship hall behind the temple, turtle ponds, impressive red-brick pagoda and two tortoise statues which hold up tablets. Just outside the complex, you will find a plaza with giant cauldron and a further 2-3 minute walk up to the Peak, you will find the nearly 20 metre tall white jade statue of the Goddess A-Ma.

There is enough to keep you busy sightseeing for probably 45-60 minutes at the A-Ma Cultural Village. It is open from 9am to 6pm every day. No public buses go up the hill to this location but there is a free shuttle service to the site from the roadside carpark down below the hill that runs every half hour. Otherwise just walk up the hill or take a taxi.
Written March 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,100 contributions
7000 sq. meter complex dedicated to the Goddess A-Ma
Feb 2020
The A-Ma Cultural Village is located near the Peak of the Coloane mountain. This is a 7,000 sq. meter complex dedicated the the Goddess A-Ma also known as Mazu and the Goddess of the Sea. Opening hours are 9am to 6pm daily.

Completed in 2003, this has become a very popular place to visit in Macau for A-Ma devotees and tourists alike. There are quite a few points of interest at the A-Ma Cultural Village including the six staircases with embedded bluestone reliefs leading up to the memorial archway entrance into the complex. There are beautiful dragon carved beams and delicate panels to be seen as you enter through the archway.

At the complex, you will find a bell tower, drum tower, red-brick pagoda with nice reliefs, turtle ponds, large scale joss stick cauldrons and as well as the highlight Tin Hau Temple in the middle of the complex. This is an auspiciously decorated hall with delightful murals, more dragon columns, wooden carved interior beams and expected shrines with deity figures. Make sure to find the 5 metre tall vases within the temple.

Behind the Tin Hau Temple, you will find a second two-storey worship hall that is also nice to visit. After exploring the interior of the A-Ma Cultural Village, just outside the complex, there is a separate Baoding Plaza, where you see a giant cauldron. A short 2-3 minute walk further towards the Coloane Peak, visitors will find the 19.99 metre tall Statue of the Goddess A-Ma. This is a nice way to round out visits to the A-Ma Cultural Village.

Note that to make your way up the mountainside to the A-Ma Cultural Village you will need to start from the Seac Pai Van Park near the large scale stone archway monument. You can walk up Estrada do Alto de Coloane (allow 20-30 minutes for this fairly steep ascent). Taxis can drive you all the way up to the complex or you can use the free shuttle service between the lower car park area and the cultural village. Note that the shuttle runs every 30 minutes and is limited to 24 passengers. There is yellow coloured shuttle schedule with posted running times in the car park.
Written March 3, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

thitsar
Bangkok, Thailand68 contributions
terrific temple, terrible transport
Dec 2019
At the Lord Stow café, a waitress told us there was the free shuttle to the top of the hill at A Ma Cultural Village. At the beachside we had to take a bus first and then waited for the shuttle. There was a shuttle’s timetable but it was not on time! After many calls to the shuttle call center , finally the driver arrived and we got dropped at the temple entrance. Very beautiful Chinese temple there. We didn’t have time to walk up hill to view the statue of A-Ma. Will definitely come back. We were back down and it was difficult to get taxi back to Cotai Strip. Better rely on bus services.
Written January 1, 2020
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spannerwingnut
London, UK333 contributions
Pretty temple & A-ma statue
Apr 2019 • Couples
We walked from Coloane to the bottom of the hill here, luckily a kind local informed us of the free shuttle to the top of the hill! I would recommend the shuttle! You get dropped at the temple entrance and then it is a short walk up hill to view the statue of A-Ma and the views back towards the Cotai Strip.
We spent about an hour exploring and then got the shuttle back down! Really pretty and worth a look for sure. Lovely breeze!
- There are public toilets (one western, 4 squat, no paper provided)
Written April 15, 2019
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SteveDMountainman
Leeds, UK144 contributions
Best temple in macau
Jan 2019 • Couples
Simply the best,highest and quietest temple in macau. Get taxi to panda pavillion. Go see the pandas then get the free shuttle bus to the temple. From here you can vist the statue then head to the giant golfball where the white and black pillar is the highest point of macau. At the tempke maje sure you go upstairs in the large building at the rear. Try and get a coin on the stone turtles back at the front pond and also write a prayer note on the bamboo card and tie it with the others. From here we waljed down to the beach at ha sac for lunch
Written January 29, 2019
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Renato G
Sydney, Australia86 contributions
Great Temple, terrible transport!
Oct 2018 • Family
The Temple is beautiful and views are amazing. Free shuttle is not reliable. If you really want to go put aside at least 1:30 hours for waiting. We tried taxis but they didn’t want to take us up these because of the “free” shuttle. Though very peaceful and a bit fun for the kids trying to through coins in a turtle inside a pond.
Written October 4, 2018
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Felicia G
Macau, China4 contributions
Beautiful temple but terrible transport
May 2018 • Family
Beautiful temple and very serene. Located up the hill. But getting there would be a challenge. It would be nice if they can provide a decent shuttle bus stop with a clear sign and a sheltered chair. Waiting on a very hot weather is very unpleasant. Free shuttle bus to A-ma cultural village also has no definite time schedule. Although it is written on the board that the interval is 30 mins, we waited for almost an hour. After the bus has reached, we had to wait for the other passenger for another 30mins plus. If that’s the case, the waiting time should be 1 hour not 30 mins. All the waiting was a waste of time. So it is not recommended for those who are in a rush or not staying that long in macau. This would me my first and my last visit to A-ma cultural village. Never again would i set my foot there unless they fix their transport issue. For those who wants to go to the temple, best to use taxi and if possible ask the taxi to just wait for you.
Written May 3, 2018
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marky d
26 contributions
Amazing Culture
Dec 2017 • Friends
going here is so easy with their free shuttle bus service...The view is amazing while the crafted stones are spectacular ...i love the chinese culture and arts!!
Written January 26, 2018
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wenlong3788
Bacolod, Philippines1,860 contributions
Relaxing place
Feb 2017 • Family
Relaxing place. The area is away from the hustle and bustle of city life where one can enjoy some quiet time for praying. Too bad the way to the big statue was under construction when we visited so we can't go there. Complementary buses from the foot of the hill comes every 30 minutes so you won't have to hike.
Written February 8, 2017
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Dan H
Torrington, CT256 contributions
Beautiful temple and statue of the goddess A-ma
Dec 2016 • Couples
First, there is a free bus that runs up the mountain to the top near the main gate. Otherwise it is a long climb to the top. This shuttle also returns to the main gate from the top. Easy to access by public transportation.

The village is more of a temple that a village. The temple was quite unique with the 3 dimensional stone carvings of dragons located on the pillar supports of the main building. The statue of A-ma which is a 5-10 minute walk up to the top is quite dramatic against the blue sky and worth the trip up.

Free to access everything at this view.
Written December 27, 2016
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