Other than the obvious destinations such as the Ruins of St Paul’s and Senado Square, this prominent Lo Kau Mansion located on Tv. da Se, is another unmissable tourist attraction in Macau.
The former family residence of the leading businessman Lo Wah Chiu (Lo Kau) in Macau, this mansion was said to be built in 1889 (the 15th year in the reign of Emperor Guangxu in Qing Dynasty), and is one of the very few existing Chinese mansions left in Macau. Spanning two floors, the rooftop of the mansion features traditional clay tiles, while the interiors are split into the upper and lower levels, comprising a front living room, a tea-room and an official living room, all separated by partition screens. The architectural style suggests a blending of Eastern and Western traditions such as oyster shell windows, artificial ceilings, glass features etc. One important feature is the clay sculpture at the patio, which is a sculpture made with grey clay and then painted over with colours for decorative use. Inside the house, there are thematic grey clay sculptures which sheer scale and level of detail — resembling three-dimensional pictures —are rarely found in similar mansions in the Guangdong region. The narrative on the information panels also shed valuable insights on the sculptures.
The best time to visit will be the weekends and public holidays, as more guided tours are offered during this period. Other than the information panels that tell the story of the Lo family and how the mansion was later rented out to over 20 tenants, you can follow the guided tour to explore the master bedroom on the second floor, where you can catch a glimpse of delicate architectural features such as the Macao-style blinds, and the three-tier windows made with metal and glass, which reveal the amalgamation of Western and Eastern architecture. At the same time, one can catch a glimpse from a distance the worship areas which are not open to the public, and imagine how these traditional rituals were performed in the old days in this former family home.
With audio navigation at strategic points in the mansion, one can activate the contents by scanning the QR code. Contents are available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese and English, an attentive detail that makes it an entertaining visit.