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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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  • not a must to see this temple! You see the Green squiggles on the branches are: something different, but not really wow. There is also a man you want to lay the large python in your neck for money of course. This attraction is free on Sundays.
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  • Snake temple lives up to its name with lots of cool snakes for you to check out. Costs 8 ringgit to get into the snake garden where they have a 25 foot python. 
  • The Pit vipers here have not been milked of thier venom or teeth... But dont worry too much as they are all 'high' on incence... It is an experience to have several of them draped around your neck, an...  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.