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Snake Temple, Penang
(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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  • A very small church, and the Snake is not crawling where want cordoned off their wall and they sit there on the branches still at all judging by the ones who are in awe of what the places in Malaysia were not in Thailand, because it's all so trip was compared to Pattaej. Here's the Thais well done all with panache! If the snakes they fight and trainer with mangustami kissing, and now lie as corpses, no action for the curious traveler
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  • This is the temple where you can find the snakes (green dragon snakes) and can hold the python @ RM 30. A place to enjoy the temple with a twist and the green snake came and stay here - that's why it'...  more »
  • As we were on a chartered bus, we made a quick stop here. Not everyone's kind of thing but some of us enjoyed holding the pythons. There are lots of vipers in the breeding area in the trees... so it w...  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.