Classified Immovable Properties

    MM031-Sam Kai Vui Kun (Kuan Tai Temple)

    Location: Macao

    Category: Monuments

    Introduction: Rua Sul do Mercado de São Domingos

    This temple was built between 1723-1795. The Chinese designation “Sam Kai Vui Kun” literally means “Three-streets-meeting-quarter”, as the temple was originally used as the meeting venue for business representatives from three streets, namely, Rua dos Mercadores, Rua das Estalagens and Rua dos Ervários corresponding to the old Chinese Bazaar area in the early days. The temple is directly associated with long-standing Chinese business associations, precursors to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce established in 1913. The deity Kuan Tai, an epitome of loyalty and righteousness is worshipped here. Hence, after Sam Kai Vui Kun ceased to be the meeting venue for business organizations in the early 20th century, the building started to function exclusively as a place for the worship of Kuan Tai. The location of this typical Chinese construction in the heart of the main city square, with its predominant western-style architecture, illustrates well the harmonious coexistence between the Chinese and Portuguese cultures, with their respective civic representative bodies coexisting side-by-side.

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