The temple was built after the middle of the 18th century by local Chinese tradesmen. This modest construction is located near the old area of the Chinese bazaar, which today functions as a market of St. Dominic. The temple is directly associated with long-standing Chinese business associations, precursors to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in the city.
Kuan Tai is the Anglicized spelling of Lord Guan, an important general during the Three Kingdoms period in China, being now honored and worshiped in Taoism, Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism.
In 2005, Sam Kai Vui Kun was inscribed into the UNESCO’s World Heritage List as it forms part of Historic Centre of Macau.