In the heart of the historic center of Macau, adjacent to the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Senado Square, you can find a small temple.
While the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral represent Western civilization, Na Tcha Temple stands as a symbol of Eastern culture.
“Na Tcha Temple, a Taoist Temple in Macau”
Built in 1888, Na Tcha Temple is a small temple erected to ward off the rapidly spreading epidemic at the time, dedicated to the deity Na Tcha.
In Chinese mythology, Na Tcha is believed to have acquired special abilities while still in his mother’s womb for three and a half years before birth. He was known for his martial prowess and the power to ward off evil spirits.
Furthermore, Na Tcha appears in the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West” as the third son of the Bull Demon King, known for bringing benefits to the present world.
“Adjacent to the Temple, an Ancient Wall”
Next to Na Tcha Temple stands an ancient wall built in 1569, part of the historic city wall of Macau. This defensive fortification was constructed to protect Macau starting from the year 1569.
“A Small Museum Next to Na Tcha Temple”
Adjacent to Na Tcha Temple, there is a small museum. It features a gallery-like space where visitors can observe artifacts and paintings. Due to its small size, it can be explored in a short amount of time.
As a historical site located right beside the Ruins of St. Paul’s, Na Tcha Temple offers another glimpse into Macau’s rich heritage. Like St. Paul’s, it has also been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
”Na Tcha Temple in Macau“
- Website: http://www.wh.mo/cn/site/detail/19
- Operating Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM”