I was sent to Macau for an assignment recently and being K-popped! I couldn’t help but look out for all things Korean. While there was much to see and do in Macau, there wasn’t much K-related things to experience.
On my way to Macau, yee-ha!
All I could find in the burgeoning city of mega entertainment is a tiny Korean restaurant located opposite Lou Kau mansion.
Built in 1889, the mansion was the home of a prominent Chinese merchant. Currently, it’s one of Macau’s World Heritage Sites so you can’t possibly miss it. It is located near Senado Square and Cathedral Square.
The Korean restaurant, which was closed when I was there, is called 명가 / Myeongga. Apart from the restaurant, I was not able to spot anything else K-popped! 😛 I guess Macau, which is one of China’s two special administrative regions, hasn’t been hit by the Hallyu yet.
Nonetheless, Macau makes an interesting holiday destination. There are loads of integrated entertainment resorts (read: casinos), world-class shows and a rather rich cultural heritage. If you’re interested, check out my picture story of Macau :).
Integrated entertainment resorts! Left: Shopping @ The Venetian. Right: Dragon’s Treasure @ The Bubble (top); The House of Dancing Water (bottom) – both showing at City of Dreams
Wanna bungee jump? Please go to the Macau Tower.
The oldest temple in Macau, the A-ma temple. Top: Mr Wynn our tour guide, makes the water in the basin dance by rubbing its sides. If you succeed in making the water dance, you’ll have luck at the gaming tables :P. Bottom: Incense offering to the Goddess of Mercy at the temple.
The Taipa Houses – Museum has a beautiful garden. You’ll be able to see how the wealthy Portuguese lived at the beginning of the 20th century
Rua do Cunha is a well-known food street in Macau (bottom right). The oldest Portuguese restaurant is located here (top right). Try Serradura a.k.a. saw dust pudding, a Macanese dessert (left). It’s yummy. I got mine from Gelatina Mok Yi Kei, a shop that has been there for 80 years!