Tap Seac Square

Tap Seac Square, Macau: Hours, Address, Tap Seac Square Reviews: 4/5

Tap Seac Square
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Brisbane2,130 contributions
A delightful large public Square surrounded by lovely heritage buildings and celebrating the best of Christmas.
Dec 2019
For our 40th wedding anniversary my wife and I enjoyed an 18 day Asian tour from 28 December 2019 to 14 January 2020 taking in short stays in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Laos and Singapore.

We chose to stay at the Hotel Royal (reviewed separately) on Estrada da Vitória in the Macau parish of São Lázaro (Saint Lazarus) for two nights. A short walk away ( 4 minutes) from our Hotel is Tap Seac Square, a delightful Portuguese styled public Square surrounded by lovely heritage buildings and the largest public Square in Macau.

Most impressive flanking one side of the Square, with colourful yellow and red/mauve painted exteriors were three noble looking arched heritage buildings in a row (the Macau Central Library and Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau; the Archives of Macao; and the Tap Seac Gallery). On another side of the Square was the equally impressive Pavilhao de Exposicoes e Espectaculos Artisticos Para Jovens (the Pavilion for Exhibitions and Artistic Shows for Young People), a light buff and white painted building with the year “1925” featured prominently in red above a clock just beneath the building’s front roof gable. The Square is neatly paved throughout and easy walking.

We stumbled across this Square just before arriving back at our hotel after an enterprising day’s touring in the rain which incorporated the historic Guia Fortress and Lighthouse (reviewed separately), a ride down Guia Hill on the Guia Hill Cable Car and the beautifully landscaped Lou Lim Leoc Garden (also reviewed separately). We noticed a lot of stalls in the Square setting up in readiness for the Christmas markets there from 2 pm through to midnight. The stall holders went to quite a bit of effort to decorate their stalls. Advertising for the markets we gleaned off the internet listed activities as Christmas gifts and refreshment stalls, stage shows, a parade, roving shows, children’s play facilities, a little Christmas train, Christmas artificial snow area, a merry-go-round, an inflatable castle, a Christmas wooden house, and a cloud-making machine. We did call back later that day to enjoy the markets; however the rain that was present on this New Year’s Eve day really dampened spirits and only a handful of the many stall holders opened their stalls for very few attendees. The Carousel merry-go-round was quite ornate and provided some nice added colour to the market setting; however because of the rain it too was starved of customers. It was a pity it had been raining because it was clear to us that on a better day the markets would be a real draw card.

Absolutely outstanding however, for Australian tourists like us, was the magnificent Nativity Scene (the Christmas story of Christ’s birth in a manger (animal quarters)) set up in the Square for passers by to enjoy celebrating Christmas 2019, just in front of the Pavilion for Exhibitions and Artistic Shows for Young People Building. As Christmas Nativity Scenes go this was so beautifully created and was one of the very best we have seen anywhere. A nice added touch were the potted flower plants below the manger.

We were so pleased to have come across this Square in our travels on our free day in Macau, if nothing else but to experience a bit of Christmas far away from home. It is well worth being included on any traveller’s itinerary of Macau. The Square caters for large celebratory events all year round and the displays are always exciting and colourful. However, the Square would hold interest even when not being used for special celebrations, just to admire the magnificence and the architecture of the colourful heritage buildings.
Written September 11, 2020
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Lets Go To Macau! 🇲🇴
Macau, China2,248 contributions
Large public square with nice architecture and events
Feb 2019 • Solo
Tap Seac is a large public space in the St. Lazarus District that is one of Macau's surprisingly interesting squares to visit.

The square is lined to the northwest with a row of colonial period buildings that are very attractive to see. These include the Cultural Institute building, public library, Macau Archives as well as the Tap Seac Gallery, the last two are free to visit for regularly held exhibitions. It is further surfaced with simple Portuguese cobblestone pattern.

From time to time there are attractive gardens arranged near the northern end of the square. Given the size of Tap Seac, it is used for large scale fairs (CNY Flower Fair), Events (Macau Grand Prix vehicle display) and holiday decorations (Christmas, CNY, Easter and Autumn Festival).

The square is conveniently located for those who plan to explore the area between St. Lazarus church an Lou Lim Ioek Garden. You can have a look at the buildings, enjoy the architecture and whatever festivals or decorations are on display before moving onward to other intended sightseeing.
Written April 11, 2019
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Hong Kong, China7,989 contributions
Lovely garden
Apr 2019 • Family
This is our greatest discovery in Macau. Tap Seac Square is a typical Portuguese square off the beaten path. Dotted with some colourful colonial buildings, it is impressive and photogenic without the hordes of tourists.
Written April 6, 2019
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Hong Kong, China139,004 contributions
Architecture, art gallery and interesting CNY decorations
Feb 2019 • Couples
I enjoy stopping by Tap Seac Square in the St. Lazarus Quarter during time spent in Macau, particularly during Chinese New Year when the square is setup for the annual CNY Flower Market. You can also watch lion dances and other festivities that take place during the holiday season.

I also like to stop by throughout the year to visit the Tap Seac Gallery, a free public space for temporary international art exhibitions that are held throughout the year. At present, this venue is being used as one of five places around the city where you can view works submitted as part of the 3rd Macao Printmaker Triennial exhibition (until 17 March 2019).

Next door you will also find the Macao Historical Archives building, which has temporary exhibitions from time to time related Macau's past. This can also be an interesting place to stop by for history buffs spending time in Macau.

Lastly, fans of architecture will enjoy Tap Seac Square. The back of the square is lined with colonial period buildings, showcasing a very nice row of early 20th century European architecture unique to Macau. This row of buildings extends past Tap Seac Square all the way to the Lou Lim Ieok Garden further northeast.
Written February 7, 2019
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261 contributions
Small square
Dec 2016 • Solo
A small square located 5 minutes walk from Guia Lighthouse. The square is over looked by three Government buildings including the city library as well as some residential buildings demonstrating colonial architecture.

The square is paved and had no weather protection.

In December there are Christmas markets.
Written December 22, 2016
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Vienna C
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Tap Seac Square
Feb 2016 • Family
I really got so much memories here in Tap Seac Square. I had been one of the member of the Business Club for two years in my secondary school life. Every year our club will join the flea market in the Lunar New Year, we group together to discuss about the products we were selling, the design of poster,etc. I was once the member of the club and I joined many discussion at that time. I also had a great time in helping in Tap Seac Square, although we stood for a whole day without eating lunch or dinner, we may felt really tired in kept shouting the slogan of our club and selling our products, we all felt so happy in having such unique experience that not everyone may have the chance helping in the flea market. I really think that Tap Seac Square is a good place as there are usually many flea market and performance there, I really recommend everyone to there.
Written November 21, 2016
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Hong Kong, China139,004 contributions
Sixth stop on the 'An Experiment of Creativity' Walking Route in Macau
Jul 2016 • Couples
Tap Seac Square is the 6th inclusion on the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) sponsored 'An Experiment of Creativity' self-walking tour.

This trail takes in interesting places to visit in and around St. Lazarus District in Macau, starting at the Kun Iam Temple on Avenida do Coronel Mesquita before calling upon garden and memorial house attractions along Avenida do Sidonio Pais and Estrada de Adolfo. It then takes visitors along scenic Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida before arriving at Tap Seac Square.

Tap Seac Square is a large open space which is regularly featured during holiday and festival periods in Macau. It is particularly decorative during Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival.

The rest of the year, you can enjoy the line of colonial buildings which line the square. These are beautiful and enjoyable to photograph. Tap Seac is also surfaced with traditional Portuguese style cobblestones, helping to create a more European feel to the square.

There are two attractions at Tap Seac where you can see art and history exhibitions. These are the Tap Seac Gallery, also featured as part of this heritage trail, and the Macao Historical Archive building next door. Both are free to visit and make nice stops for fans of art and history.

Note: Visit the MGTO Website for more information and downloadable map for the 'An Experiment of Creativity' self-guided walking tour.

Note: Other attractions listed on the 'An Experiment of Creativity' heritage trail include the Kun Iam Temple, Flora Garden, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial House, Lou Lim Ieok Garden, Tap Seac Gallery and St. Lazarus Church.
Written September 1, 2016
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Ada L
13 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Tap Seac Square is one of the square in Macao. That is a place full of Portugal style, you do not need to go to Portugal and you can feel or guess what is Portugal style. The road there is very beautiful. That is not the general road, there have some pattern on the road that was made by the ceramic tile. At this square, it will hold different theme activity. For example, there will have many stalls about different game. Sometimes, there will have some Arts and Crafts Fair. The things sales there are very special and meaningful. In addition, there will have some performances. Therefore, you can check online for what activity have that day. Near the Tap Seac Square, there is a Central Library. After you join the activity in Tap Seac Square, you can go in the library to look something or learn something eles. It will be a meaningful day. Moreover, I think the Campo is near there. Campo have many different stores. After playing and reading, you may hungry. Therefore, you can go there to have a meal or drink a cup. After that, you cloud shopping or go to the Ruins of St.Paul. It is very close, about ten minutes. That is the normal route for me.
Written April 21, 2016
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贝迪 蒋
51 contributions
A special experience in my life
Oct 2015 • Friends
I have a very unique experience in this square. I watched a badminton match here and it was the first time that I watched an athletic contest on the scene. Actually, I am a girl who is very lazy and I am not interested in sports. So I went to here just because of my friends, I even didn’t understand the rule of the contest. At first, I just want to take some photos to in my wechat. But I have to say if I have the opportunity, I will come here again. The atmosphere was so fantastic that everyone was paying attention to the players, the audiences would clap spontaneously. I really enjoyed this match and finally I understood the rule~ There are a lot of matches or vocal concerts in different time, you can choose the one you are interested in. The location is very good you can get here conveniently. I am not very sure the price of the ticket, but I think it won’t be too expensive. I think everyone should have this experience which can make you be more red-blooded. It is better for you to buy the ticket earlier if you want to get the best seat, but don’t be worried, there is a large screen so that you can watch it clearly even your seat is far. You can go to the washroom or buy something eat during the match, but you need to bring your ticket otherwise you can’t come back again!
Written April 20, 2016
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Hong Kong, China139,004 contributions
Tap Seac is a nice area of Macau to spend time
Feb 2016 • Couples
The Tap Seac Square is located in the St. Lazarus area of Macau and is a great place to visit. The buildings that line the square are historic Portuguese style and are lovely to see alongside the tiled pavements of the square.

During holiday periods each year, the square is filled with decorations and is the location of many performances. Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival and Macau Grand Prix are particularly good times of of the year to visit if this is what you are interested in.

Warmer months see a lovely flower display with lotus and other lovely flowers. This is near the northeast side of Tap Seac Square near the gallery.

The Tap Seac Gallery is open year round and is the location of many free art exhibitions, many of which are very good. Visit the the Tap Seac Gallery website to see what exhibitions are ongoing during the time of your visit to Macau.
Written February 9, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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