Lin Kai Temple
(Stream of Mourning Temple)
Constructed in the 17th century, Lin Kai Temple occupies a square off Estrada do Repouso in the Patane district, where a regular flea market is held. The temple has a facade with some fine granite carvings on the walls and ridgepole and large Chinese lion statues on the roof.
The main hall of the temple is dedicated to Ua Kuong, the dark-faced god who protects against fire. He is accompanied by Thousand-Li Eye and Favorable-Wind Ear. In one hall there are the goddesses associated with childbirth and rearing. Along the walls are 18 statues of goddesses with children, brightly colored and expressive clay figures of the 60 year gods.
In another hall is a row of six Buddhist pusas. Kun Iam in her fringed-veil head-dress is worshiped in one of the halls where she shares an altar with a statur of Kwan Tai. A deeper hall is dedicated to the Monkey God, a popular character from Taoist mythology and a hero of the literary epic Monkey.
The Lin Kai Temple supports a hospital and home for the impoverished. The festival of Ua Kuong is celebrated on the 28th day of the ninth moon at this temple and across Asia.
Address: No. 25 – 31 Travessa da Corda
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Bus routes nearby: 8, 8A, 26
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