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Snake Temple

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Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: This is a small Chinese temple which has a lot of snakes living in it. more »
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Anaheim, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Seeing snakes were hanging around faked trees, in and outside of the temple. Been told there were lot of snakes before than today, the worst thing is no one can tell you the history or how this temple was built or how snakes were raised inside the temple. On other side, there are many stalls selling T-shirt and night market... More

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Miranda, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

When looking for attractions in Penang, the Snake Temple usually features as one of the main ones so we did it. My other half visited it a number of years ago and there apparently used to be a large number of snakes around the temple. Now there are a small handful of vipers in fake trees next to the shrines... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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102 reviews 102 reviews
37 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I don't think this place is bad at all, it's touristy in the front with cheaper T shirts and other night market type items at OK prices. There is some dining at the entrance favorable for tourists and locals and even some snakes in those trees which had to be pointed out to me. It's when you get inside that... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

So this is a place where snakes went for refuge...so the legends go. Saw 6 snakes (not sure if they were life) curled up on fake branches near the altar. 2 big snakes were caged up in small cages unless someone was so kind to want to take a photo with it for RM50 - then it could come up.... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The snake here are less than before the last time i visited 3 years ago, although i am a Penangite and tour guide but i am quite seldom to bring people to this place, but it also newly renovated the temple become more bigger and a snake museum.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Located on the road to/from the Penang International Airport, this temple house snakes and has become one of the tourist attraction, however for those who expected to see more would be disappointed as there are only 2 large pythons kept in glass container and only a breeding garden area with trees. The pythons are tame and mainly taken out from... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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55 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

So disappointed that the snakes are mostly caged up and so few! You will also need to pay RM5 to visit a small snake 'zoo'... Nothing much to rave about here!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is a nice temple to visit but it felt like the snakes had been carefully placed in the temple rather than being there of their own accord. Preferred the gardens at the back of the temple with snakes in the trees to the temple itself. The front of the temple is full of shops selling cheap tourist tat which... More

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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Was quite apprehensive about this temple, having read some of the reiviews here, but decided to stop on way to airport. Very pleasantly surprised! The small Temple is rather lovely, with snakes curled up peacefully in can 'stands' . Daughter exclaimed 'they can;t be real!' as they were so still, until one decided to look around. They are all real!!!!!... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It feels like a temple even though a lot off tourists are there. And though I am scared of snakes, it was nice to see the snakes not being kept in a glass case or something. With their own methods they were nicely kept on tree branches.

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