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Snake Pagoda (Hmwe Paya)

Paleik, Mandalay, Myanmar
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Ranked #19 of 24 Attractions in Mandalay
Type: Religious Sites
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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

On the Mandalay-Meiktila road, is Paleik, the home of this snake pagoda. There are 3 pythons which reside in the recess with the gold Buddha image, curled around and with it. They have caretakers, who feed and wash them daily at 11am, and feed them eggs . Very interesting to watch. Sometimes crowded.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The pagoda is pretty far from the city but there are some local who are willing to explain the history of the pagoda to me. I feel like the staffs at the pagoda are feeding the snake drugs to make them stay. I might be wrong but the snake really give off creepy feeling.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We had a great guide in Mandalay called Soe Paing (So So) Soe.paing246@gmail.com who took us to some great places and who had very good English. He was very reasonable $25 for a 12 hour day and $40 for a car all day. We would thoroughly recommend him. We used him for two days but he couldn't do the second... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

really you cannot be bothered to go so far out of your way to see this place. not interesting, unless you are really really into snakes. if so, go to the zoo.

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Wellington, Shropshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

You visit this on teh way back to the airport. The snakes guarding the Buddha are real pythons (3 of them), and you can touch them. Probably more interesting is the village of Boleik which has alot of ruined temples and pagodas, a sort of ghost pagoda village.

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Melbourne, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

LP reviews this as having 3 giant snakes. I think the giant snakes may have passed away and have since been replaced with 3 not so large ones. The pagoda itself is rundown and dirtier than most. It was however nice to be the only foreigners there and the locals love their snakes. 2 were placed in a bath and... More

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granite city
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

Worth the visit -- colorful and fun. Since a temple like this is always new to a Westerner, there was nothing negative I could say about it. It's also a great photo op.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

I came here in April 2010 with my (then, soon-to-be) mother-in-law who is from Mandalay. The ride out to this pagoda is rough and DUSTY! You will need something to cover you nose and mouth - at least if you go during the dry season like I did. The story of this pagoda and the seven snakes is an incredible... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

Two quite old snakes are ready to be praised (and touched, if you are brave enough). Lots of small little statues with displaying cobras, etc.

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Manila, Philippines
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Made a stop here via blue taxi during an excursion out of Mandalay. I didnt really know what to expect - and I was as captivated watching the people in the temple as I was watching and participating in bathing the three big snakes. Was worth the visit - especially as I was out of mandalay anyway, but perhaps not... More

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