Lou Kau Mansion
No.7, Travessa da Sé, Macau
Phone : +853 8399 6699
The mansion is believed to be built in 1889.This was the home of Lou Kau, a prominent Chinese merchant who owned several imposing properties in the city. The location of this grand old house depicts the diverse social profile present in the centre of the old “Christian City”, where this traditional Chinese residence stands near Senado Square and Cathedral Square. Lou Kau Mansion is a two-storey, traditional grey-brick courtyard house, with the architectural characteristics of a typical Xiguan Chinese residential building.
Source : en.macautourism.gov.mo
As a typical Chinese-style mansion, the two-storey Lou Kau Mansion is made of blue bricks. Three courtyards can be found in Lou Kau Mansion for the purpose of better lighting and ventilation. Inside, visitors can find Chinese architectural features coexisting superbly with western styles. To be specific, the Chinese-style brick carvings, wood carvings, and lime sculptures contrast well with the western-style iron handrails, colorful glass, and French windows, making it very interesting and beautiful.
In the living room on the first storey stand a row of spectacular screens. Behind them is a door which bears the inscriptions “Great Wealth and High Position”. All the front windows towards the street are in Portuguese style, among which the upper two are the most delicate. They are embellished with lime sculptures and the corners are wrapped with metal.
Ascending the second storey, tourists can look down at the halls and courtyards in the mansion. The brick carvings and the lime sculptures above the doors on the first floor can also be appreciated and studied clearly. The second storey consists of a master bedroom and a living room with a lot of ancient flavor. The window frames are carved with elaborate patterns. The wood boards under the windows bear inscriptions and paintings. Even the floor is decorated with intricate patterns, which is very fascinating!
Free wifigo is provided here.
On the desk at the entrance is a memorial stamp and sheets of paper. You can stamp a mark on a piece of paper, and take it back home as a souvenir.
This is also included within the Historic Centre of Macau, and was included on the list of World Heritage Sites in 2005.
Opening hours : 10.00AM to 06.00PM (Closed on Mondays, except public holidays )
Getting there : Bus 3, 3X, 4, 6A, 8A, 18A, 19, 26A, 33, N1A