By Karen Chiang
Apart from the glamorous and luxurious side, Macau also has a cultural facet that’s filled with rich heritage and stories. For a different day out, try visiting these places and soak up all the history!
If you’re interested to learn more about Macau’s past, the Taipa Houses is a must-see. Consisting of five charmingly coloured houses built in Portuguese architectural style, the complex houses the Macanese Living Museum, Exhibitions Gallery, Creative Casa, and Nostalgic Houses. Walking though each house, you’ll be able to learn all about the colourful making of Macau’s culture shaped by other Asian influences.
Address: Avenida da Praia, Carmo Zone, Taipa, Macau
Phone: +853 8988 4000
Located within the St. Lazarus Parish area, G32 Gallery is a three-storey terrace house built in the 1920s that has been converted into a gallery to preserve and showcase architecture and lifestyle from the old days. Almost like time travelling, visitors are transported back into the 1960s, complete with antique furniture and preserved features of the house for a nostalgic trip back to Macau’s past.
Address: 32 Rue de Sao Miguel, Macau
Phone: +853 2834 6626
Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
Once built as a part of local tycoon’s private residence back in 1906, the stunning garden inspired by Suzhou is now a public park for the busy urbanites of Macau to enjoy a moment of peace among nature. Think plenty of rock features, a lotus pond and Chinese-styled walkways and pavilions to linger in for a short afternoon break.
Address: 10 Est. de Adolfo Loureio, Macau
Our Lady of Carmel Church
Built in 1885, Our Lady of Carmel Church is the only Catholic church in Taipa. Facing the sea and standing on a hill, it has a beautiful view overlooking Taipa Village and a classic colonial architecture style. The three-storey church is painted a warm pastel yellow and makes for an ideal backdrop for visitors and wedding photos alike.
Address: Avenida de Carlos da Maia, Largo do Carmo, Taipa, Macau
Pak Tai Temple
Frequent visitors of Macau should be no stranger to this temple. Being the oldest one in the city, Pak Tai Temple was built in 1844 and is a shrine to the protector of the Northern district. Till this day, the temple still plays host to the annual Pak Tai Festival, where Chinese opera will be performed out on the front yard and celebratory activities go on for several consecutive nights.
Address: Largo Camoes, Taipa, Macau
Being a world heritage site perched on the highest point of the Macau Peninsula, the Guia Fortress is well worth the small hike up. Consisting of forts circa 1622, a lighthouse and the Guia Chapel. Inside the chapel you’ll find historic and elaborate frescos unique to Macau’s multicultural heritage. The lighthouse was the first western style lighthouse on the China coast, and is a stunning photo spot on a sunny day.
Address: Guia Hill, Macau
Dom Pedro V Theatre
This neoclassical beauty nestled in St Augustine’s Square is not only the first ever Western-style theatre in China, but at one point of time a refuge shelter in World War 2. Now listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the theatre continues to play host to performances, concerts, parties and events.
Address: Largo de Santo Agostinho, Macau
Sir Robert Ho Tung Library
Near the Dom Pedro V Theatre, the Sir Robert Ho Tung Library is largest library in Macau and the only one with a garden. A merge of old and new, you’ll encounter both arched doors and colonial architecture, as well as glass floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of natural light. The garden and open courtyard is perfect for some afternoon light reading.
Address: 3 Largo de Santo Agostinho, Macau
Phone: +853 2831 4456
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