Built in 1488, the temple is one of the oldest in Macau and thought to be the settlement’s namesake. The name Macau was thought to be derived from the name of the temple. In 2005, the temple became one of the designated sites of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The pavilions of A-Ma Temple were built at different times, with its present scale acquired in 1828. It consists of the Gate Pavilion, the Memorial Arch, the Prayer Hall, the Hall of Benevolence, the Hall of Guanyin, and the Buddhist pavilion. The Hall of Benevolence is believed to be the earliest structure.
The pavilions are dedicated to the worship of different gods. A-Ma Temple is an exemplary representation of Chinese culture inspired mainly by Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.