The Snake Temple, Penang

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    Take a snake photo for free

    by DaHongHua Written Feb 17, 2013
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    Visit to the Snake Temple, one must not miss to take some photos of the snakes.
    Just when you enter the temple, turn right to the snakes hall, there are many harmless snakes moving and rest on the tree branches or on the rattan hoop above the pillar. You are free to take the snakes' photos.
    At the other corner, the snake keeper showing and playing bigger snake for you to have your photo with it. You have to pay RM30 for two photos.

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    清水祖师 SnakeTemple

    by DaHongHua Updated Feb 17, 2013

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    The Qing Shui Zu Shi 清水祖师 Temple is a famous temple. It is commonly known as The Snake Temple as it kept many snakes.
    There are car parking lots in front of the temple, local food hawker centre beside the car parking lot. When enter the temple, there are souvenirs shop at both sides.
    Along the way to the temple, especially during festive season and peak season, there are many beggars waiting for donation.
    There are snakes on the trees. If you want to have your photo with the bigger snakes, there photographers is ready to give a service with a charge of RM30 and you get two photos.
    Beside being a tourist attraction. The temple is holding its periodical function such as the god birthday celebration and Chinese New Year's Penang fortune guessing, based on the flame of the censer.

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    Snake Temple

    by tim07 Updated Feb 20, 2010

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    The temple was built in 1850 and was dedicated to the Buddhist priest Choo Sor Kong. Legend says that it was the home of a religious man who gave the snakes shelter and they remained there after his death.

    Today pit vipers are to be found draped on altars, vases & tables. The snakes appear docile, perhaps due to the thick clouds of incence that drift through the temple. A photographer in the temple is on hand to charge visitors for photos of them holding the snakes.

    Admission is free, though donations are welcome. Opening hours are from 6am to 7pm.

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    Snake Temple

    by robertgaz Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    Snake Temple

    The Snake Temple was built in 1850 and it is located not too far away from the airport. There's a few pit vipers and green tree snakes draped around the place that are doped up to the eyeballs from the incense smoke that permeates through the temple.

    Admission is supposed to be free but try telling that to the snake handlers lined up looking for "donations".

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    Penang Snake Temple

    by SLLiew Updated Dec 9, 2007

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    The temple used to be surrounded by natural bush forest that had plenty of snakes. According to legend, these snakes would crawl into the temple especially on the birthday of the temple goddess.

    Today, the Snake Temple is surrounded by factories of multinational corporations like Siemens, B. Braun and Renesas Semiconductor.

    Snakes now have to be brought into the temple. These green diamond headed pit vipers lie curled on twigs inside vases on the altars and are fed with chicken eggs.

    At a tourist corner inside the temple, for a fee, you can hold a live pit viper in your hands or put one on your head or shoulder for souvenir photo. The photos will be sent to your hotel later.

    The Snake Temple is said to be unique - the only one of its kind in the world.

    It is an easy stop on the way to the airport.

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    House of Snakes

    by Azri_Azmi Written Aug 15, 2007

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    Before I visited the snake temple, I always thought that the snake inside here are those non-venomous tree snake but I was wrong. The snake here are the venomous green viper. It give me chilled for a while. But the resident of this temple mentioned that the venom of these snakes has been taken out and the snake will not bite as the snakes 'respect' the temple itself.

    During my visit, there's also a snake exhibition taken place inside this snake temple. With RM2.00 cover charge, it's a worth visit. You may experiencing holding the Malaysian Batik Boa called 'big momma'. She's quite big indeed. And the guide are really friendly. Watch out for the King Cobra. The one available here in is very fierce and aggressive.

    Nevertheless, these are some quote of the snake temple as available in Wikipedia :-

    The Snake Temple is situated in Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia and is perhaps the only temple of its kind in the world. The temple is filled with the smoke of burning incense and a variety of pit vipers. The vipers are believed to be rendered harmless by the sacred smoke, but as a safety precaution, the snakes have also been de-venomed but still have their fangs intact, visitors are warned against picking up the reptiles and placing them on their bodies for taking pictures. Local devotees believe that the temple's snake population has come there of its own accord. The temple was built circa 1850 in memory of Chor Soo Kong, by a Buddhist monk who moved to Penang. Chor Soo Kong was born with the Tan surname in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

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    Temple of the Azure Cloud

    by snuggie Written Jan 14, 2007

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    Probably the only one of its kind in the world. The temple honours a resident named Chor Soo Kong, who had healing powers. He was a Buddhist monk, who moved to Penang.
    Some devotees from as far away as Singapore and Taiwan come to pray in the temple on Chor Soo Kong's birthday (the sixth day of the first lunar month). The temple was built in about 1850 and is dedicated to Char Soo Kong. The statue of the deified healer was brought to Penang by a monk from China. The legend is that this pious monk gave shelter to the snakes of the jungle; when the temple was completed, the snakes moved in.

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    The Snake Temple

    by BenAustin Written Oct 28, 2006

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    What a very bizzare place but also very good! The first thing you notice is the smell in insense sticks. The monks mulling around the temple and then the snakes!!
    They are everywhere on the floor in the rafters and cages everywhere around the temple!

    The temple itself is really nice as you make your way through the temple you will reach the room in which you can hold the snakes and have your pictures taken....as you can see there are no pictures of me with any snakes!!!

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    Snake Temple

    by Swwaattcchh Written Nov 5, 2005

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    This is quite a let down. You need to pay RM3 to get into the place where they keep the snakes.

    But there weren't many snakes in the temple. Maybe it's the time of the year which I went, but all of the snakes that I saw are in boxes. Most of them are also common ones which you can already see in the zoo.

    The only thing interesting is you can get to hold a small snake.

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    No snake bites here!

    by jetwind Updated Oct 26, 2005

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    A visit to the snake tepmle is well worth seeing!!!

    The temple was built in about 1850 and is dedicated to Char Soo Kong. The statue of the deified healer was brought to Penang by a monk from China. The legend is that this monk gave shelter to the snakes of the jungle; when the temple was completed, the snakes moved in.

    Although poisonous, these snakes are not known to bite. Patrons on the temple regard them as holy and harmless. On entrance you asked to make a donation. Now I recommend you oblige, perhaps it’s the donation that’s keeps you free of snake bites. Upon departing the temple there are photographers poised at the ready to snap you with a snake around your neck.

    A great way to spend an hour.

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    SNAKE !!!

    by RoyJava Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    Maybe we were very lucky, maybe because it was a while ago ... though we experienced the Snake Temple in a very special way. After showing a pic of the Temple and after telling these snakes were "fakes" my Harper's Bazar director-friend joined me to visit the Temple. Her scream was loud and clear when one snake looked up at her at the entrance-door of the Main Prayer Hall. I managed to convince her these creatures were "sacred" and didn't bite ... the Temple was overcrowded with snakes at that time and I was amazed ... NOT included the three snakes marked with red, for high-priced pics together with tourists!

    Built in 1850 this temple is dedicated to the Goddess Char Soo Kong. It's told a Chinese monk took care of some snakes that moved into the temple when completed (also known as the Temple of Azure Cloud). He brought Char Soo Kong's statue, too. People tell that the many snakes are paralysed by the smoke of burning incense. Recommended for the intrepid visitors!

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    Monkey Style... No Snake Style

    by kphstar Written Apr 19, 2005

    If you find yourself at one of the most popular temples, The Snake temple, then this is as close as you'll get to a snake. When the attendant place it on your head.

    Unfortunatley, the other larger inhabitants are neatly tucked away under their cosy rocks. I've being there twice and nothing. Let's be honest the zoo is better.

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    Snake Temple

    by xxangelxx Written Dec 29, 2004

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    Viper in the Snake Temple

    This is a fascinating place, somewhere to go if it's quite hot as it is in shade. You can get your photograph taken draped with snakes - carefully arranged by the workers. The snakes are poisonous vipers, but the smoke from the incense burned in the temple is believed to lull them into a trance-like state and make their venom not harmful. Don't worry, they won't bite! I've had snakes around my shoulders and on my head several times at the Snake Temple and I'm still here to tell the tale!

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    The snake Temple was one of...

    by catkin Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The snake Temple was one of the stops on the round island tour.
    If you don’t like snakes then perhaps this isn’t a place to visit. Although it is called the Snake Temple and there are snakes in the trees at the side of the altar, they are not all over the place. The pit vipers seem to be drugged by the heady smell of incense, which pervades the place. If you are brave (or foolish) enough, you can have your photo taken with a snake coiled around your neck and another on your head. Needless to say I didn’t bother!

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    Snake Temple

    by percyhall Written Oct 21, 2004
    wa are the big snake

    During my visit in this snake temple, there is only 3 tiny little snake in the such a big temple . :(

    What else can i say ?

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