Experience Macao's World Heritage (with Giveaway!!!)

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It's the school holiday/graduation period and I'm sure many of us are traveling during this holiday! Like most students who are usually cash strapped but still want to travel out of Singapore without breaking the bank, Asia has definitely been growing as a destination for us :) I'm fortunate enough to be able to link up with the Macao Government Tourism Office this time round to share a little bit more about tourism and traveling in Macao itself, and I hope this little "guide" will help you guys a little :)

To be honest, I've also never been to Macao before!!! Haha so as I'm sharing this blog post with you guys, I am, at the same time, learning a lot about the things that I can do there too! To start off, for first time travellers to any destination, a website with sufficient and in depth information about the place itself is very important because that's where we can gauge the things that we can and want to do :) and I'm quite glad that the Macao Government Tourism Office website provides extensive information and the website is also super easy to navigate around!!!

 Over the years, my purpose of traveling has slowly shifted from great shopping to sightseeing (it's really amazing and helps to broaden my views). Oh wells, partly because sightseeing is cheaper HAHAHA Here, I'm going to share some of Macao's World Heritage attractions that you can visit for free!!

Senado Square
Admission fee: Free

Senado Square is named after the Leal Senado Building (known as “Senatorial Pavilion” in the old times, predecessor of the IACM Building). 

"The Fountain", constructed in the 70s of the 20th century, stands in the centre of the Square

Senado Square has been Macao’s urban centre for centuries since the port of Macao was opened for trade and is still the most popular venue for public events and celebrations today. The Square is paved with Portuguese beautiful cobblestones and surrounded by pastel coloured neo-classical buildings, creating a consistent and harmonious Mediterranean atmosphere. This attraction has been a splendid blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultural traits.

Mandarin House
Admission fee: Free

Built before 1869, the House was the home of a famous Chinese ideologist in modern times and late-Qing celebrity – Zheng Guanying, who completed his acclaimed masterpiece Shengshi Weiyan, literally known as Words of Warning in Times of Prosperity, in this house.

The buildings are predominantly in Chinese style with subtle western influences in the decorative motifs, marking a period in Macao when Chinese architecture started to display a fusion of styles from different cultures. Its fusion of architectural influences from both Chinese and western cultures makes it a monument definitely worth visiting.

Admission is free and there are also guided tours available :)

A-Ma Temple
Admission fee: Free

The Temple is dedicated to A-Ma, also known as Mazu, the Goddess of seafarers and fishermen. According to legend, A-Ma was able to make prophecy in her mortal life and protect traders and fishermen from shipwreck with mythic power in afterlife, and thus locals built the Temple to worship her. Macao’s name is also derived from A-Ma-Gau or Bay of A-Ma. The Temple consists of four key pavilions that sit in perfect harmony with the natural environment. A-Ma festival takes place on the 23rd day of the 3rd month in Lunar Calendar each year. Homage is paid to this most popular deity of Macao. During the festival, you’ll not only enjoy the traditional performance of dragon and lion dance but also Chinese opera in a specially constructed bamboo shed.

St Lawrence Church
Admission fee: Free

Originally built in the mid-16th century, St Lawrence Church, one of the three oldest churches in Macao, was renovated for several times and its present appearance and scale was acquired in 1846. Situated uphill overlooking the sea, the Church is believed to protect fishermen, sailors and families living near the seashore from the storm, and hence it was given its name Feng Shun Tang (Hall of the Soothing Winds), which is widely known in Chinese community. The neighbourhood where the Church is located used to be fairly wealthy, thus explaining the building’s scale and wealth of architectural treatment. It is a neo-classical structure, with subtle Baroque decorative inspirations.

Ruins of St. Paul’s
Admission fee: Free

The Ruins of St. Paul's refer to the facade of what was originally the Church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640, destroyed by fire in 1835, and the ruins of St. Paul's College, which stood adjacent to the Church. As a whole, the old Church of Mater Dei, St. Paul's College and Mount Fortress were all Jesuit constructions and formed what can be perceived as the Macao's "acropolis". Close by, the archaeological remains of the old College of St. Paul stand witness to what was the first western-style university in the Far East, with an elaborate academic programme. Nowadays, the facade of the Ruins of St. Paul's functions symbolically as an altar to the city.

Guia Fortress
Admission fee: Free

The fortress was built between 1622 and 1638. Inside the fortress stands Guia Chapel, originally established by Clarist nuns, who resided at the site before establishing the Convent of St. Clare. The chapel's elaborate frescoes depict representations of both western and Chinese themes, displaying motifs of religious and mythological inspiration that are a perfect example of Macao's multicultural dimension. Guia Lighthouse, dating from 1865, which also stands within the perimeter, is the first modern lighthouse on the Chinese coast. Guia Fortress, along with the chapel and lighthouse are symbols of Macao's maritime, military and missionary past.

These are just some of the things that you can visit in Macao for free to save cost, and to help experience Macao differently and understand its history and culture better! Of course, there are also shopping and FOOD. How can anyone forget about food? Think Portuguese egg tarts and steamed milk pudding which are my favourite... and also festivals and events that takes place periodically/seasonally :)

Hopefully one day I'll be able to visit Macao to experience all these for myself too! And I hope you guys have enjoyed this little sharing and got to know Macao's heritage attractions a little better and hope it'll help in planning your next trip.. Or you can always try your luck and stand a chance to win a trip to Macao!!!

So simply head over to Experience Macao.SG Facebook Page  and search for the following post (seen above) and leave a comment to why  you'd like to win a trip to Macao!:) Also, don't forget to hashtag #MacaoOnSocialSG in your comments. 

Winners will be announced on Experience Macao.SG Facebook Page :)

Looking forward to bringing more "good deals" to share with you guys, and thank you Macao Government Tourism Office for educating me and my readers on Macao as well!! :)

(This is a sponsored post, attractions photographs and (most) descriptions are provided by Macao Government Tourism Office)

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