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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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  • From Georgetown with 401st bus to the temple. About 45 minutes into the bus. On arrival showed the Temple a major setback. Very small and only three dazed snakes on a branch. If you temples in Thailand used this very much against. This was the bus trip not worth it. After ten minutes but again the bus back.
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  • Having done here "something" I had never done before in my lifetime, namely touching a snake (the two big ones for people to take pictures with actually, but no I'm not as daring as to have a big snak...  more »
  • I saw 2 snakes in the tree and one in a little Glas box that you can take photos with. Not very special at all  more »
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  • Lame and sad sight. The animal exploiters will wait for you in the main hall and want to get you to take pictures with the snakes for a hallucinating price. The breeding enclosure has a handful of snakes which merely serves as a facade to be legit for naming it a temple. My advice is to do the snakes a favour by not visiting this place and not reinforcing the whole problem. I wish I didn't waste my time there. Penang has many cultural sites to offer that are worth your time and money.
  • Great. Great Penang Island Fascinating and marvellous sight. Good place to visit.
  • A very interesting place at Penang. One of "must see" in the area.
  • 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.