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Snake Temple

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Ranked #57 of 91 attractions in Penang
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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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74 reviews 74 reviews
46 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This place has live pit vipers hanging just above your head. I could've reached out and touched them very easily. Supposedly, the incense burned throughout the day makes them sleepy. They people bring offerings, usually eggs, to the snakes. At night, the incense stop burning and the snakes wake up and eat the eggs. The snakes are free to move... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The temple contained some little snakes that seemed very sleepy. Outside the temple there is a bigger one, you can take a picture with it but I believe they asked 30 RM. Next to the temple there is a snake farm which I found horrible. All snakes in glass boxes and even 3 monkeys who seemed very distressed. Please don't... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

A lot of reviews about this place speak of a lack of snakes to be seen in the temple, even though it is called a snake temple. How very wrong this statement is. The actually snake sanctuary is not in the temple itself, but just on the right hand side of the main temple building. As you enter the temple,... More

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Bang Saphan, Thailand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I didnt expect Indiana Jones type stuff but a few sleeping snakes in undersized glass boxes proved to be a disappointment. As with everything on Penang you have to pay to get in, this time into a small enclosure (under construction at the time of our visit) dubbed a snake farm. Most of the depressed specimens were coiled into corners,... More

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St. Petersburg, Russia
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

All snakes are alive, but sleep during the day. If you do not believe, employee can show how they are moving)) I would recommend to see this temple on the road from the airport, so you do not make a detour (most of the attractions are located in the northern half of the island)

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The Bay Area
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95 reviews 95 reviews
6 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

A lethargic place, with quite a few stoned pit vipers. They took a picture of me and one of them crawling over my head and around my neck. I am a bit ambivalent about people making money from animal displays; in Asia/Africa this inevitably means bad conditions for the animals. This place was no exception... so i feel a bit... More

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Limoges France
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

You enter the temple not quite knowing what to expect. Then either side of the main alter are two wooden frames each with a number of the Wagler’s pit vipers on them. They are dark green with yellow bands and odd bits of black. The largest are about a metre in length and yes they are venomous and no they... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

The boys requested a second visit and it was actually interesting. I liked watching the rituals in the temple itself and was actually surprised seeing live vipers perched on trees. No worries for they're situated safely...

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

This is much a smaller temple compared to Kek Lok Si, but it's known for snakes wandering into the compound. During our visit on a weekday, there wasn't much visitors or devotees in the temple. Within the temple, you can see that there are vipers resting on various structures. The snakes seem contented and were not moving. There is also... More

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

My family visited snake temple on Dec 2,2014. We felt a bit disappointed because there were not so many snakes here as we expected earlier. My wife came here many years ago. She said that the numbers of snakes were many more at that time. Anyway,if you want to take a photo with a tame snake. there is still that... More

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