Na Tcha Temple
Na Tcha Temple
3.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,737 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
There are three temples that form part of Macau World Heritage including the small Na Tcha Temple just next to the Ruins of St. Paul's and the Old City Wall.

This is a small single room temple built upon this location in 1888. It is dedicated to the local folklore God of War called Na Tcha, a god that is unique to Macau. The temple is of traditional construction and includes a nice facade, large incense coils, altar with statues of deities and other interesting items of worship.

Before or after visiting the temple, you can walk through the hole in the Old City Wall, where you will find an exhibition room with interesting displays and wall art associated with the god Na Tcha and this small but interesting temple. The exhibition room is open from 10am to 6pm (closed on Wednesdays).
Written February 8, 2019
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Barrie583
Vancouver, Canada16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2010 • Friends
Na Tcha Temple

This small Chinese temple is found next to the ruins of St. Paul’s. When standing facing the façade of St. Paul’s, the temple stands to the left and behind the façade of St. Paul’s.
It was erected in 1888 in an attempt to stop a plague that ravaged Macau at that time. The temple was built next to one of two remaining sections of the original city walls that were constructed by the Portuguese in the 1560’s. The original fortifications were built of chunambo, also known as taipa, that is a mixture of clay, straw, sand, crushed limestone and oyster shells that were tightly compacted in layers between strips of wood. While this may sound flimsy, one account claims that demolishing a 460 foot (140 m) section of wall required 1,800 pounds (816 kg) of gunpowder. This is a remnant of Macau’s early defense structures that the Portuguese built around their port settlements in Africa and in India.
The Na Tcha Temple stands next to the city walls. Na Tcha is the monkey warrior of Chinese legend. The martial Na Tcha must be pleased to find his temple beside the defenses of old Macau.
It is a small traditional Chinese temple that consists of a main hall and a worship pavilion that measures 28 feet (8.4 m) long and 14.8 feet (4.51 m) wide. The entrance porch that opens onto the temple building measures 16 feet (5 m) in depth. There is no courtyard. The flush-gable roof is in the traditional Yingshan style with the ridge 16.5 feet (5 m.) high while the eaves are 11.1 feet (3.4 m) high.
The building is constructed of brick walls that have been plastered and painted grey. The couplets in Chinese characters on the gate may be translated as: “The loop of the universe represses the evil and the wheel of wind and fire brings blessings and peace”. Na Tcha is often depicted as flying in the sky with a wheel of fire under each of his feet, a golden hoop, the so-called “cosmic ring”, around his shoulder and a spear in his hands. He is usually depicted as a youngster. There are few decorations although there a paintings on the walls under the entrance porch.
In 2005, the temple became one of the designated sites of the Historic Centre of Macau that is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
While the Na Tcha Chinese Temple appears to be small and humble when compared with the adjacent structures, it possesses a distinctive dignity. Visitors are welcome in any of the temples of Macau. Remember, as informal as the temples seem, they are all houses of devotion where courtesy and respect should be shown. The temples are financed solely by the contributions of the faithful and donations are welcome.
The juxtaposition of the Na Tcha Temple with the ruins of St. Paul on one side, the old city walls on the other, certainly border’s on the surreal. However, in many ways, it can stand as evidence of the fusion of cultures and traditions that makes Macau such an interesting place to visit.
Written August 26, 2011
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wshapr
Melaka, Malaysia209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
This is very small temple with typical traditional Chinese temple. Besides that, there is a building with air-conditional that explain the history of this temple. it is good for a visit to understand its history.
Written May 2, 2017
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Heng How N
Singapore, Singapore7,451 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
The temple is besides St Paul. Once a while will see local paying the respect to Na Tcha. Legend was he the son of the general.
The run is full of kids stick ashes. The entrance will hangs a few burning kids sticks and the respected Na Tcha statue is inside. This is Taoist god.
Written January 6, 2017
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,737 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
The Na Tcha Temple rests at the side of the Ruins of St. Paul, back behind the facade. Its located next to the remains of the Old City Wall, both of which form part of the Macau World Heritage collection.

Na Tcha Temple was build in 1888, making it one of Macau's younger temples. It is an interesting temple, dedicated to Na Tcha, a local folklore God of War unique to Macau. While the temple itself is quite tiny, its worth a quick look inside.

You can also enter an exhibition room found right inside the Old City Wall space. Here you can see a few displays with traditional temple fixtures and decor as well as illustrations on the back wall providing the tale of God of War, Na Tcha. This is interesting to see and helps provide context as to what you are seeing when visiting Na Tcha Temple.

Overall, this is a minor priority visit for those checking out Macau's World Heritage attractions but you can comfortably visit in 10-15 minutes only so its worth a quick look-see if you are in the area.
Written January 19, 2015
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meilele2012
Singapore, Singapore217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Family
The Na Tcha Temple and Old City Walls is just a 2 walk from the famous Ruins of St. Paul's, the temple & city wall is so small that you can easily missed it presence. I been there few times and I missed twice as the focus is always the Ruins of St. Paul's.
The temple & city wall is just next to each other, so simple yet attractive in its own way. The Na Tcha Temple and Old City Walls is listed in UNESCO World Heritage.
Do do remember to visit it when you are visiting the Ruins of St. Paul's.
Written May 2, 2012
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,737 contributions
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Jan 2012 • Couples
A few mornings ago we stopped by Na Tcha Temple (Dasanba Natuo Miao) and the Old City Walls. These two attractions together can be visited in just a few minutes, we saw both during a brief stop after watching the start of the Chinese New Year dragon parade at the nearby Ruins of St. Paul.

This temple is very small and is located just a couple minutes walk up the side of St. Pauls (left side when facing the Fascade) so its potentially worth your time to stop by, particularly if you are trying to visit the various World Heritage inclusions of the City Centre of Macau.

Overall, its of less interest and importance compared to the more famous attractions in the area. But, it is so close to St. Paul's, you might as well have a look.
Written January 24, 2012
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Lian Tiong G
Subang Jaya, Malaysia4,241 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Couples
Na Tcha Temple was built in 1888. The tiny temple was built adjacent to St. Paul's Ruins after the Church of Mater Del was destroyed by fire of 1835. A World Heritage and an example of Macau's multicultural identity and religious tolerance.
Written April 18, 2019
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palawanismyhome
Palawan Island, Philippines24,387 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
This temple was constructed in 1888 and dedicated to Na Tcha, the child god of war. It is a small, simple temple with a steady flow of Chinese who come to pray and burn incense. Not really worth making a special trip to see it, but if you are ate the ruins of St. Pauls you will find it by walking to the left of the temple, just at the rear.
Written December 4, 2018
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,761 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
Although Na Tcha Temple is located adjacent to the Ruins of St. Paul, only a handful of people actually make it here. This small Chinese temple is unassuming, yet feels intimate and peaceful. There is a small museum located adjacent to the temple which is so small it limits the number of visitors inside to 10 at a time. There is good signage describing the historical importance of this temple as well as the legend of Na Tcha. A video, some ancient relics and religious objects are on display.
Written January 27, 2018
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