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Lin Fung Temple

Located near the Barrier Gate (Guanzha) in the north of Macau Peninsula, Lin Fung Temple is one of the three most well known Buddhist temples in Macau.

The temple was first built in the year 1592 of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) for the enshrined statue of Heavenly Goddess 'A-Ma', hence the name 'Temple of Tianfei (Heavenly Goddess)'. Within the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it was rebuilt many times until gradually reaching its present size. It later got the name 'Lin Fung Temple' from the eponymous mountain it leans against.

Now the main halls of the temple are enshrined by the statues of the Heavenly Goddess and Kun Lam (Goddess of Mercy, Avalokitesvara). There are also halls for other well-known deities. In the temple a lotus pool and lifelike mural of dragons and huge carp are of particular interest to visitors.

Another spot in the temple that is worth mentioning is the newly established Memorial Hall of Lin Zexu. Lin was a famous national hero of China who had strongly banned opium in the Qing Dynasty. In 1839, as the provincial commander-in-chief of Guangdong and Guangxi, Lin went to Macau. At the time Macau was a trade center for opium. In the Lin Fung Temple he met officials of Macau and Portugal. To remember the 150th anniversary of Lin's inspection, a systemic statue of him was built in front of the temple in 1989. A Memorial Hall was established in 1997, detailing how Lin destroyed opium in Humen Town, Dongguan City located in Guangdong. Here you can also find former pictures of Macau, opium smoking pipes as well as models of various old ships and Lin's meeting with the Portuguese.

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