Attraction No. 10 Rua Sul do Mercado de Sao Domingos, Macau, China Published on: 10-10-2016
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Why Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple is special ?
Sam Kai Vui Kun was built in 1750 initially as the meeting place of Chinese tradesmen. It was not until the advent of Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Macau in 1912 that the Sam Kai Vui Kun's function as a meeting place was weakened. Because it has been dedicated to Guan Yu (Kuan Tai) - the God of Martial Arts and God of Wealth since its foundation, it was gradually converted into a temple. In 2005, it was inscribed into the UNESCO's World Heritage List as it forms part of Historic Centre of Macau. Sai Kai Vui Kun literally means ''a community hall for three streets''. Located in the junction of three oldest streets of Macau (Rua dos Mercadores, Rua dos Ervanários and Rua das Estalagens), it was at one time the location of the most flourishing commercial center of Macau.
What to explore at Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple?
Sam Kai Vui Kun temple is located near the St. Dominic's Church and Leal Senado, the Kuan Tai Temple is dedicated to the god of Kuan Tai, a famous general of Three Kingdoms Period (220-265) who was extraordinary brave and therefore deified as God of Martial Arts and Fortune. The temple is a modest structure with a gray brick facade. The complex is small, hides itself among towering buildings and witnesses people's life changes. It was constructed with a Xieshanding-style roof (Nine-Ridge Roof) covered by glazed tiles. The arrangement of halls is akin to that found in Jin Dynasty (265-420) with a mountain gate, three halls on a north-south axis, and side halls on either side. The main hall is incense-shrouded throughout the year with massive incense coils hanging overhead. It stands 10 meters high with the main ridge decorated with the sculptural ornaments depicting ''two dragons playing with a pearl'', and the gable wall with exquisite stone sculptures.
On the eighth day of April in Chinese lunar calendar (often in mid May in western calendar), a large crowd of people are attracted to Sai Kun Vui Kun to enjoy the dance of ''drunken dragons'' and snap a shot
How to get to Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple?
Take Bus No.2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 9A, 12, 16, 22, or 25.
No. 10 Rua Sul do Mercado de Sao Domingos, Macau, China
Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple is a small Chinese temple dedicated to Kwan Yu, The God of War and Justice. The temple is located in front of St Domenic's Market Area, which was the old Chinese Bazaar area, near Senado Square which is within Macau's Historic city centre that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whilst the outside is western style, the inside is Chinese and worship to Kwan Yu is done by both Taoists and Buddhists. The temple is open 8am-6pm for the public and a number of buses available to the region from across Macau. Like any religious site respect must be shown whilst inside especially when taking photos. Ask permission if in doubt.
Here's where famous Drunken Dragon parade starts. A once a year event.