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Snake Temple, Penang

2.6
#13 of 31 in Historic Sites in Penang
Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • Let's start with a good waiting for the bus that will take you there. The journey is long, but at least it's air-conditioned. On the spot, a tiny temple without the slightest interest. Down Town are much better. As soon as you cross the threshold, you are offered a photo to 20 RM with a big snake around the neck. Then, a small course with two trees and a handful of snakes, all the same and seriously anesthetized because they don't move an eyebrow. You make two photos and leave you waiting for your bus. For my part I've waited close to an hour. In short, the hours for the bus, barely ten minutes on the spot and then that's all. If you want to do it is because you are looking for a way to kill time...
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  • Seems tourist but also most tourists go. Snake Temple in itself is fine but the beasts all slept. The adjacent snake exhibition was really fascinating when the owner himself was going to do the tour and told about the animals themselves.
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  • After reading the reviews we nearly gave this a miss. Thank goodness we didn't. There were at least 30 snakes in the garden, and 4 in the temple. We saw someone releasing 4 baby snakes into the garden...  more »
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  • 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)
  • 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.
  • A nice place to visit as this temple has it own historical stories.... to know in details u need to pay a visit here....
  • If you have never been to a snake temple then totally recommend it, it's nice to see a chines temple and how some snakes are free sitting and chilling,
  • Nice tample. Many spices of snake. Some of them are in the main hall and on trees in the yard.

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