Another first for me… I’ve been to Macau many times, but have not explored Coloane much. So after visiting the Pandas at the Seac Pai Van Park, let’s head up to the A-Ma Cultural Village via the free shuttle bus (otherwise it might be a 90 minute walk).
The cultural complex on the hill top of Coloane is dedicated to the goddess A-Ma (also named Tin Hau, which is the more common name used in Hong Kong), the Goddess of Seafarers. It is a bit touristy in the sense that it all is recently built (I think in the early 2000s) and has been freshly painted almost every year – at least that is what it looks like.
But then at the same time, it is quiet. There are not many tourists visiting this complex. We took our time to explore the different halls, the bell and drum tower and the small pond with plenty of fish and some turtle. We made friends with the ginger and white temple cat, and while it was a very hazy day, we still enjoyed the views over Macau to China.
Next to the complex is a 20 metres-high white jade statue of the A-Ma goddess, which was erected in 1998 to celebrate Macau’s return to China on December 20th, 1999. It took us 10 mins to walk up to the statue, as it sits on the highest point of the hill, and I could just imagine how beautiful the views must be on a nice, clear, blue-sky day!
The shuttle bus service runs between the Façade at Estrada de Seac Pai Van (at the foot of the hill) and Tin Hau Palace every 30 minutes, from 8am to 6pm.
A-Ma Cultural Village