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Snake Temple, Penang

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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2.5/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Perai holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Snake Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The snake temple is on the road to Georgetown from the airport. You just pull in and you can have a look around. It is a half hour max but it is worth a look for something different. I wouldn't bother...  read more »
  • We decided to visit Snake Temple because of the good reviews and the interest factor or visiting somewhere different however once we eventually found the temple it was a complete let down. There were ...  read more »
  • I would say skip this temple. There's not much to it. Sure the entrance is free but there was nothing particularly charming or interesting about it. The snakes were supposed to be the calling card of ...  read more »
  • Nice temple, and vipers and python going around! Possible to take photos by paying 15rm. And the temple apparently closes at 6pm (our guidebook indicated 7pm).
  • Great place to see some snakes. They have a good variety! They've stopped the show though due to a death of one of the handlers but still a great visit. There's also a tortoise on site which is ancient! Parking is easy and plentiful.
  • Unique temple except it's a bit noisy due to development at the surrounding area.
  • A very unique temple where snakes are free to roam around. But all of them were resting on trees and branches when I was there, possible because I visited in noon and the weather was pretty warm.
  • A revisit after > 10yrs. Interesting garden behind temple. Watch the trees closely and can see the green vipers.
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