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Macau: Camoes Garden, Linked to St. Kim Dae-geon(Andrea)

In the historic district of Macau, near the renowned “St. Anthony’s Church,” you can discover another UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site known as “Camoes Garden,” a well-maintained garden.

Camoes Garden is a tribute to Luis de Camoes, a famous 16th-century Portuguese poet and hero.

“Macau’s Historic District: Camoes Garden in the Heart of the City”

Camoes Garden is a park nestled in the heart of the city, particularly in the historic district. It harmonizes well with the surrounding scenery. While not extensive, the park provides a pleasant space for a leisurely stroll.

On the day of my visit, there was a light drizzle, allowing me to appreciate the beauty of a rainy park.

“Entrance to the Park is Free”

Camoes Garden offers free admission, which is a delightful feature considering its UNESCO World Heritage status. Despite the absence of an entrance fee, the park is immaculately maintained.

“Traces of St. Kim Dae-geon at Camoes Garden”

Camoes Garden also has a connection to St. Kim Dae-geon, the first Catholic priest in Korea. You can particularly find traces of St. Kim Dae-geon near St. Anthony’s Church, which is just across from Camoes Garden, naturally linking the two.

On one side of the garden, you’ll find a serene statue of St. Kim Dae-geon. This statue was established by the Korean Catholic Community in 1985 to commemorate St. Kim Dae-geon’s ordination in Macau.

Encountering a statue of St. Kim Dae-geon inscribed with Korean characters in this tranquil park in Macau brings a sense of pride and a touch of homesickness. It’s a special place for us, as it’s one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in Macau, where we can trace the footsteps of St. Kim Dae-geon.

“Macau Peninsula, Camoes Garden”