Kun Iam Temple

Dedicated to Kun Iam, the Chinese goddess of mercy, Kun Iam temple is a beautiful Buddhist temple on Avenida do Coronel Mesquita, just a few minutes walk from Lou Lim Leoc Garden or Guia Hill's Park (where the lower cable car is). It was originally built on the 13th century and is possibly Macau's oldest and among the city's biggest and richest temples. The present building dates back to 1627.

A small flight of stairs leads through a traditional Chinese gate to the temple's courtyard, where you will be able to see some lavish ornaments, like the giant Chinese pot in front of the staircase, the stone lions and the nicely landscaped garden (especially the one at the back).

The roof is packed with artistically made porcelain figures, depicting stories from the Chinese mythology.In front of the entrance to the hall there is a small altar where joss sticks are burnt. The inner halls are heavily decorated, with religious ornaments and plenty of statues (including the golden Buddhas) and, as in most Taoist and Buddhist temples, the inner spaces are scented with large incense coils, hung from the ceiling.  These coils are actually used as a method of purifying the surroundings.
Kun Iam temple also has a historical significance, as some important agreements were signed here, including the 1844 Treaty of Mong Ha, which was the first Sino-American Trade Treaty.
After visiting the inner halls, take a minute or two to visit the gardens around the temple.

To get to Kun Iam temple, check out our Macau Bus-Routes Guide, where you will find the full details.

Avenida do Coronel Mesquita.

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