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Snake Temple, Penang

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Visit the unusual Snake Temple, where venomous pit vipers breed, slither freely, and lazily hang on the branches of potted trees. Although the locals believe the sacred incense smoke hanging in the air renders the vipers harmless, they take the extra precaution of devenoming the snakes. Pose for pictures with a Burmese python and take a tour of the snake farm, where monks breed a wide variety of serpents. This temple was built around 1850 in memory of the Buddhist monk Qingshui, a benevolent man who allegedly gave shelter to serpents of the jungle. Add Snake Temple to your Butterworth travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Butterworth trip planning app .
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  • You can see the snakes before you go into the paid section of the Snake Temple. They are in the trees and rafters. You can have your picture taken with a HUGE snake wrapped around you!  more »
  • This place is definitely worth seeing. However, they are trying to make it a commercial tourist venue by selling trinkets and charging 40 ringgit for a photo with a snake which took away from the spir...  more »
  • I was excited when seeing first three snakes hanging on the alta of the temple. The impression just exploded when i saw hundred of them rolling on the tree behind the temple. Then i was frozen when th...  more »
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  • There are some snakes in the temple but it is not as many as I imagine. You would find lots more snakes on the tree in the back of the temple. Well camouflaged in the tree so you have to look carefully to find them.
  • Less snakes than when I was a kid, still an interesting temple and the building is impressive, but there was just two snakes and tanks and the breeding ground to look at
  • This temple actually has sacred snakes which are mostly sleeping in the day and they say they wake up in the night and move around maybe.. Two stars because they have allowed sedated snakes for photography alongside the temple..
  • Chinese temple with snakes! There are smaller snakes in from of the altars. You can also take photos with a big python. Don't forget to hear to the back of the temple for the Goodness of Mercy altar & the snake breeding ground (mini forest)
  • Snake temple is now a very famous temple for visit in Penang. During festive season there will be event launching to help commemorate the birthday of the God. Visitor also get to visit the snake farm next to the temple.

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