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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 Perai travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Perai trip planning app .
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  • From all the brochures I was expecting snakes hanging from the temple ceiling. Not at all. A few token snakes inside , most live in the tres outside the temple . Nice to visit . Won't take long to see...  more »
  • It is a temple of Confucianism was erected in 1850, located near the Penang International Airport. Had become a famous photograph of live street name Temple of the serpent, snake around his neck. Could I don't Penang tourist Memorial, along with the snake to try take a souvenir picture?!
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  • We visited this temple with a little doubt having read other reviews on TA but as it was on our way to the airport thought why not..... what a pleasant surprise... we were the only ones in the snake z...  more »
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  • This snake temple is well worth a visit, ive Been there many times, these places are very old and we need to always respect the reason for them being in existence. In many countries in the far east revere the snake, believe in the snakes mystical and medicinal powers.
  • A relatively run-down temple in the middle of an industrial estate. The staff followed us around then put the snakes on us despite the fact that we clearly said we didn't want them to. They then were very pushy about us paying for a photo which again we didn't want. They wouldn't take no for an answer. I really feel that they are exploiting the animals. The pythons are kept in a box and taken in and out every two minutes to be put on people, then they poke and manipulate them for the photos. They also have a viper which looked sedated that they keep picking up and sticking on people's heads. We specifically said we weren't interested in handling the snakes, and that we thought they should be left alone but their desire to push photos seemed to outweigh any concern for the animals. I would really discourage people from going there.
  • Best visit during the 5th night of Chinese New Year as they'll have ritual ceremonies and street party. There's a "Please Mr Postman" mural in front of the temple. Not to miss the Kuan Yin shrine at the back of the temple. One may also visit their snake exhibition centre too!
  • Place are not crowded except during school holiday and we were lucky when we visit the temple we saw lots of snakes sliding and hanging around lots, trees, the walkway and at the stairs. Signs are up to warn visitors not to play with the snakes. However, we managed to touch one which are harmless.
  • One of the favourite tourist spot. A few nice gardens and one the main attraction is a souvenir photo of you hugging a tame boa constrictor.

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