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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Chinese Temples on the Macau Peninsula

Although the Portuguese influence is unmistakable, much traditional Chinese culture can still be found in Macau. To capture just a sliver of it, I will share some photos from three of the more well-known temples on the Macau Peninsula. Unlike many temples in mainland China, none of them charge an entrance fee (a topic for another day). The first four photos are from Kun Iam Temple, the next four are from A-Ma Temple, and the final two are from Lin Fung Temple. They include a variety of scenes, including monks offering their prayers as a woman (not visible) burns paper replicas of various items, such as a car, so they can be sent to her parents in the afterlife.

statue at Kun Iam Temple in Macau

coiled incense at Kun Iam Temple in Macau

monks praying at Kun Iam Temple in Macau

burning paper replicas being sent to the afterlife at Kun Iam Temple in Macau

A-Ma Temple in Macau

carved and painted figure on a wall at A-Ma Temple in Macau

bamboo at A-Ma Temple in Macau

tokens for making wishes hung at A-Ma Temple in Macau

Lin Fung Temple in Macau

Inside Lin Fung Temple in Macau

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