A-Ma Cultural Village
The tall white statue of A-Ma towering over the green trees above the hills of Coloane Island is unmistakable while approaching the island from the Causeway, now called Cotai Strip. The 170m tall peak is also the site for the A-Ma Cultural Village, a 7,000 square meter complex of towers, temple palaces, museums and shops.
The young A-Ma Cultural Village dates back to the Chung Yeung festival in 2001 shortly after the A-Ma Cultural and Tourism Festival of Macau.
Following the style of the Qing Dynasty, the complex is composed of a village like atmospher, with a bell tower, drum tower, carved marble altar in the Tian-Hou Palace, a dressing hall, museum and shops.
The relatively modern classic complex is designed to attract many A-Ma devotees and Chinese tourists, especially those from the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Fujian Province, where the goddess A-Ma is venerated for the past 1,000 years ago.
The impressive monumental entrance at the bottom of the hill is a sign of the artwork, carving and workmanship of the village on top of the hill.
When you reach the top of the hill, you will approach the village through a series of stairs carved with auspicious Chinese motifs including the roaring tiger, the double lion, the five cranes and double phoenix until the main gate of the Tian Hou Palace.
Going further up the hill you will reach the majestic statue of the goddess A-ma, deity of Chinese seafarers. Designed in Macau but carved in China, the white marble statue stands 19.99 meters high to physically symbolize the year of the handover.
The spacious hilltop base of the statue affords a 360 view of Coloane, Hacsa Beach and Cotai. Macau peninsula can be seen on a clear day.
Opening hours of Tian Hou Palace: 08:00 to 18:00 daily.
You can follow clearly marked trails around the hills and linking the many parks and barbeque gardens on Coloane Island.
Seac Pai Park at the bottom of the hill is a 20 hectare complex of gardens, ponds, waterfalls, a zoo and natural flora. There is a Museum of Nature and Agriculture as well a the Bryde Whalebone Exhibition Hall.
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
Venue: Exhibition Room, Seac Pai Van Park, Coloane
Telephone enquiries: (853) 2859 5481