Kun Iam Temple

Kun Iam Temple, Macau

Kun Iam Temple
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China134,604 contributions
Special temple in Macau
Feb 2020
There are a handful of temples in Macau dedicated to the Kun Iam (Goddess of Mercy) including this large compound on the Avenida do Coronel Mesquita. This Kun Iam Temple is one of the three oldest and most important ancient temples in Macau. Its history dates back to the 13th century with the present complex was constructed in 1627.

The complex is rather large with nine separate halls linked by corridors. Each includes shrines with deities. You will see hanging incense coils, ancient drums, bells, murals and other artwork and sculptures.

Outside the temple, you will find grey-brick temple exterior with attractive plaster murals and a attractive facade. There are guardian lions, joss stick cauldrons, hanging lanterns and other sculptures worth viewing outside the Kun Iam Temple, including a famous stone table and seats that was the scene where the very first U.S. - China trade agreement called the Treaty of Mong-ha was signed in 1844.

Note that the Kun Iam Temple is particularly busy during Chinese New Year when thousands of worshippers make their way into the temple to offer up prayers at the start of the new year. It can be an interesting scene to catch but be ready for serious crowds.
Written March 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lets Go To Macau! 🇲🇴
Macau, China2,248 contributions
One of Macau's oldest and most important temples
Nov 2018 • Solo
The Kun Iam Temple on Avenida do Coronel Mesquita is one of the oldest and most important temples in Macau. The temple dates back to the 13th century but the present compound was constructed in 1627.

Dedicated to the Goddess Kun Iam, the temple is of traditional architecture featuring grey brick walls, an impressive facade, large joss stick burners, Chinese lions and other nice carvings. Within, you'll find several halls with shrines, impressive deity figures, hanging incense coils, lanterns and courtyards with decoratively carved murals.

There is a 300 year old brass bell, other interesting historical artefacts and a garden which contains the stone table used for the signing of the Treaty of Mong-ha, the very first Chinese and American trade agreement in 1844. During Chinese New Year, this is a particularly popular and busy temple. It is nicely decorated for the occasion.

Unfortunately, the Kun Iam Temple is a bit isolated away from sightseeing around the Historic Centre of Macau. However, it is worth making time to see if you are interested in viewing the most important and interesting temples around the city.
Written April 15, 2019
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robert-not-home
Boston, MA2,169 contributions
Interesting temple to wander around
Dec 2018 • Solo
Was very interesting with various rooms to walk around with some varied architecture, religious adornments and artwork. Worth a few minutes of your time
Written January 13, 2019
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palawanismyhome
Palawan Island, Philippines19,709 contributions
Kun Lam Temple
Nov 2018 • Couples
Kun Lam temple is situated at the eastern end of Coloane Village . Outside is a large incense burner and there is a good view of the ocean from there. We had seen many temples already and there was nothing special about this one.
Written December 6, 2018
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Walter S
Macau, China22 contributions
Love this temple and went there often for peaceful moments!
Mar 2017
Don't miss this spot in Macau! It is a beautiful experience! And actually still a working temple for the monks
Written November 19, 2017
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Helen F
68 contributions
Very Peaceful
Jul 2017
Away from the madness at the casino, but the front entrance was crowded with people (not connected with the temple) asking for money. Within walking distance of Guia Hill if you're in that area.
Written July 28, 2017
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria15,224 contributions
Oldest temple in Macao
May 2017 • Business
An interesting Buddhist temple dedicated to the god of mercy. Next to it there is a very nice small garden. It is located near the Lou Lim Ioc Garden.
Written May 25, 2017
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parmarpritish
Pimpri-Chinchwad, India377 contributions
Oldest temple of Macau
Oct 2016
It is the oldest temple of Macau popular among the locals. It is also called Pou chai Temple, Puji Temple. The bus stop just outside the temple will help for public transportation. There are 2 temples behind the bus stop – one is very small and one with big entrance. Visit it if you have time and curious to see the Macau temple.
Timings: Mon-Sat 10AM to 4PM, Free entry
Written November 18, 2016
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daniworldstar
Bangkok, Thailand300 contributions
Historical temple.
Sep 2016 • Friends
I took a bus number 17 and the temple was just there. I thought it might be crowded like A-Ma Temple but surprisingly, it was not. It was more peaceful and I could enjoy its serene ambience rather than A-Ma Temple. After this, you could walk to Flora Garden in order to take a cable car to Guia Fortress. When you saw the intersection, turn right and cross to the other side. It took around ten minutes.
Written November 17, 2016
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China134,604 contributions
First stop on the 'An Experiment of Creativity' Walking Route in Macau
Aug 2016 • Couples
Kun Iam Temple is the first stop on the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) sponsored 'An Experiment of Creativity' self-walking tour, which covers a handful of attractions around the St. Lazarus District on the Macau Peninsula.

This temple dates back to the 13th century and is one of the three most important temples in Macau. It is an attractive place to visit with a handful of halls worth viewing. It also includes a surprise attraction, the little-known 'Mong ha Treaty' table which was used for the signing of the very first US-Sino trade agreement in 1844.

Note: The Kun Iam Temple is particularly eventful and a busy during Chinese New Year when local residents visit in great numbers to give offerings and make prayers for the new year.

Visitors can comfortably visit the temple and garden grounds in 15-30 minutes depending on your interest. Then make your way to next attractions along the 'An Experiment of Creativity' walking tour.

Note: Other attractions included on the 'An Experiment of Creativity' heritage trail include the Flora Garden, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial House, Lou Lim Ieoc Garden, Tap Seac Gallery, Tap Seac Square and St. Lazarus Church.

Note: You will find more information and maps on the MGTO website for the 'An Experiment of Creativity' self-guided walk, Kun Iam Temple and other attractions included on this heritage walk.
Written September 1, 2016
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  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM