Classified Immovable Properties

    MM022-Kun Iam Temple(Kun Iam Tchai)

    Location: Macao

    Category: Monuments

    Introduction: Avenida do Coronel Mesquita, Macao

    According to inscriptions from a memorial stone found at the site, this temple is designated as Kun Iam Tchai. It was constructed by a Chinese shepherd after 1821. Previously there was only a small pagoda at the site, noting that, in 1867, extension works took place, adopting the present day form. Inside, devotees can worship various deities, including Kun Iam, Loi Chou, Choi Pak Seng Kuan, Tao Mou and Kam Fa, among others.

    Seng Wong Temple is the only example of its kind existent in Macao, originally constructed in 1908, with the aim of protecting the residents of the original village nearby. The result of this project from the community of Mong-Ha was praised by the Governor of Canton Cheong Chi Tong, within the context of the Imperial Court. This temple serves to worship various deities such as Seng Wong, Seng Tai Wong and, with a special focus, also Cheong Chi Tong. Above the entrance there is a wooden plaque with Chinese characters where it can be read “pacific co-existence between Chinese and foreigners”.

    Architectural characteristics:

    Inside the temple courtyard there are two trees that are over 100 years old. Seng Wong Temple is located to the right of Kun Iam Tchai Temple and they are interlinked.

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