Pao Gong Temple
Pao Gong Temple
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Macau, China2,248 contributions
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Mar 2019 • Solo
Pao Gong temple complex is situated along Rua da Figueira just north of the Monte Forte and the Ruins of St. Paul's and just west of the Hospital Kian Wu Hospital. It was built in 1889 during a plague outbreak and dedicated to Pao Gong in hopes that he would drive diseases away.

The temple has a peculiar bright yellow exterior but with similar architecture to what you'll find with many temples around Macau. The entrance includes attractive murals and bright red Chinese characters. Within, you'll find expected shrines, deity figures, burning incense coils and large joss sticks, lanterns, cast bells and interesting wall stucco works.

In the end, Pao Gong Temple is an interesting temple and can be seen between visits to the Ruins of St. Paul's and attractions at Camoes Square. Just have your map handy so you know where to go to find this particular temple.
Written April 8, 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China160,060 contributions
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Nov 2016 • Solo
Pao Kong Temple and Temple of Divinity of Medicine is a late 19th-century temple that is the 13th stop on the 'Marriage of East and West in St. Anthony’s Parish' self-walking tour sponsored by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO).

This walking tour explores the lesser known area north of Historic City Centre and includes stops at several World Heritage attractions as well as other interesting historical places. The 'Marriage of East and West in St. Anthony’s Parish' walk starts at the Ruin's of St. Paul, making way north and then east until ending at the Ye Ting Residence (new attraction) not far from the Rotunda de Carlos da Maia.

Pao Kong Temple which is also referred to as Bao Kong Temple is dedicated to the God - Pao Gong who is believed to have ended the great plague of the late 19th century. This deity is affiliated with the curing of diseases and remains a place for such worship. Interestingly, it is located just a couple minutes walk from the nearby Kiang Wu Hospital as well.

The temple is fairly typical in appearance, not too dissimilar to others you will have seen while temple viewing in Macau. There is an expected main hall with shrine, hanging incense coils, joss sticks as well as side chambers with various deity figures, decorative bells, red lanterns and wall panels with stucco images.

The outside of Pao Kong is covered with yellow colour with large red Chinese characters, making it easy to locate when back streets behind the hospital. Just make your way to Rua da Figueira when looking at the MGTO map for this walking tour. You won't miss Pao Kong Temple.

After spending 10 minutes or so browsing through the temple, you can make your way onward to see the Statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen at the Hospital or continue straight to the Fire Service Museum, which is the next stop on this walking tour.

Note: Other stops along the MGTO 'Marriage of East and West in St. Anthony’s Parish' route include the UNSESCO World Heritage attractions - the Ruin's of St. Pau, Na Tcha Temple l and Old Wall section. The walk then proceeds to beautiful Travessa da Paixao, The Macau Ho's Clan Association building and Patio da Eterna Felicidade. Then you will visit fellow UNESCO attractions at Praca Camoes. These include the Camoes Garden, Casa Garden, Protestant Chapel and Cemetery before making way north to see Tou Tei Temple just before your stop here at the Pao Kong Temple.

Then, you can visit the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Statue at the hospital and Fire Service Museum. Later, make way north to the Lin Kai Temple and San Kio Garden before going east to the Rotunda de Carlos da Maria street market area. Lastly, the walking tour ends at the new historic attraction, the Ye Ting Residence.

Overall, if you want to visit each attraction leisurely, best to allow at least 3-4 hours to fully explore the attractions that make up the Marriage of East and West in St. Anthony’s Parish walking tour. This will allow for a food/drink stop or two as well if this is of interest.

Note: It is very much worth visiting the MGTO website - Planning your trip page to view the walking tours, download and print maps prior to attempting this particular walking tour. Having this map handy will greatly assist when trying to make your way around these less visited areas of Macau.
Written November 16, 2016
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China160,060 contributions
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Dec 2015 • Couples
The Pao Gung (or Bao Gong) Temple is part of a peculiar complex of three historic temples situated on tiny Rua da Figueira, a couple minutes north of the famous Ruins of St. Paul and Monte Forte World Heritage attractions and just west of the Kiang Wu Hospital buildings.

The temple is dedicated to the god Pao Gong who is believed to have dispelled a great plague of the late 19th century and who remains affiliated with the curing diseases to this day. The temple is also dedicated to a handful of other gods and goddesses.

The building is typical of Tang dynasty temples you will find throughout Macau yet it is painted yellow all the way around its outer walls, making it easy to recognise once you are in the area. The facade includes yellow paint, with large Chinese writings in red. There are reliefs worth a quick look before entering to see the temples interior.

Within Pao Gong Temple, you will find expected shrines to the various god and goddess, statue figures, wooden screens, incense coils and joss sticks burning as more brightly coloured and decorative bells and wall panels. These are worth stepping inside to see and can be comfortably viewed in 3-4 minutes of your time.

Note: Other temples at this location include the important Temple of Divine Medicine and the Temple of Progenitor Lu. You can step inside both to see the small halls and chamber rooms as well.

In the end, these are minor temples when it comes to tourism but make up a part of Macau's preserved history and heritage, making them potentially appealing place to visit for those with longer stays and more time to explore Macau beyond the main tourist sights.
Written December 26, 2015
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A.a. A
Bangkok, Thailand53 contributions
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Mar 2016
Great for Praying and making merit. You can pray for your own lunar year for happiness, wealthy and healthy, love and making a wish for baby.
Written February 15, 2017
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