Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre
The Kun Iam Ecumenical Center is hard to miss with its massive statue of Kun Iam (The Taoist Goddess of Mercy) made of a special bronze casting set atop it’s dome base shaped like a lotus flower. The top of the statue stands at 32 meters high and sits on an artificial island connected to Avenida de Sun Yat-sen by a 60 meter causeway.
The Symbol of the Center being the bronze statue, is composed of nearly 50 bronze castings, and weighs 50 tons measuring 20 meters high. The sculptures face was specifically designed in such a way as to best depict the Universality expressed by the concept of “Ecumenic” or that without any distinctive ethnicity. This Center is dedicated to the multi-ethnic culture of Macau
The Center was opened on March 21st 1999, and was designed by the Portuguese architect and sculptor Cristina Rocha Leiria, with the support of UNESCO, in order to promote the mutual respect and unity of all people and civilizations, a concept with Macau proudly represents in many ways. Kun Iam, or Guan Yin in Mandarin, is a deity embodying love, mercy and compassion, and represents the message of rapprochement between people and solidarity. She is worshiped outside of just Buddhism and Taoism, recognized in many Asian religions and faiths.
The Base of the statue is shaped like a Lotus Flower, and includes a Contemplation room, where visitors can rest, listen to music, read, and buy videos, CD’s, books, teaching materials, sculptures and other souvenirs. There is also a variety of information on Oriental Thoughts, displayed in the Information Counter. The cupola is decorated wit figures, symbols and various quotes and texts related to Lao Tse, Confucius, Mencius and Buddha, painted by local artists Kwok Woon and Joana Ling.
The lower level offers a multipurpose room and a small library and Media center, where internet access is available. Having a capacity for up to 50 people, this room is used to host concerts and conferences, film screenings, and other multi-cultural activities such as Art exhibitions, all in order to bring harmony and inner peace to every visitor.
Image Courtesy of the Macao Tourism Office
Address: Avenida de Sun Yat-sen
Hours of operation: 10am – 6pm (Closed on Fridays)
The Library provides free internet access.
Bus routes nearby: 10A, 17
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