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Snake Temple, Penang

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Religious Site
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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TripAdvisor
  • Snakes are worshiped here. We could get to know more about the culture. There were even photo shoot sessions with snakes which the children loved.  more »
  • Temple is ok but hilight is snakes in there. Photo with snake and print a snap worth 20 RMY. There also got a snake farm, many venom snakes and big snakes too shock.  more »
  • We were talked into going by our taxi driver who said it was great it was it was fun and exciting to see and touch the snakes we had photos of us with snakes around our necks at a cost but well worth ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.