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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. 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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  • August 13, 2017
    It is a small Chinese Buddhist temple in Bayan Lepas, near Penang Airport. It was built in 1850 by monk Chor Soo Kong, who legend has it, gave sanctuary to snakes there. There are two large snakes you...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The attraction of this temple are live snakes that have developed a unique place to live. During the day their activity is very limited but you do them a lot of interesting photos. We recommend this place.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Entered with apprehension not knowing where the snakes may be lurking! Pit vipers-- deadly poisonous! Found them everywhere---- on the trees, on the pedestal, on top of the curtain holders! The amazin...  more »
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  • August 11, 2017
    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.
  • August 10, 2017
    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
  • July 20, 2017
    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..
  • July 2, 2017
    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)
  • March 21, 2017
    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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