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Snake Temple

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Penang Island Discovery Morning Tour
Ranked #64 of 97 Attractions in Penang
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Whilst I respect this temple for it's place for worship I don't see it as a great attraction Two small rooms wih a couple of snakes. Throw in a guy who asks if you'd like a photo with a big snake and promptly charges you a $40RM fee. A very lucrative business I'll give them that, considering a taxi, taxi... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The current Temple is now surrounded by industrial parks and housing estates. That explained the dwindling 'wild' snakes seeking refuge at the temple. When I was there some 15 years ago, there were hardly any wild snakes. The temple's committee probably took note of the snakes' significant and hence decided to put snakes around the temple inner compound to make... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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103 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The temple is set in the middle of an industrial park quite a way out of Georgetown so you need a taxi to get there.The stories about how the snakes got there are very interesting.In the temple itself there were only two snakes on small trees I was expecting to see more. The next room has some larger snakes which... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Be aware, this is not just a temple dedicated to snakes, its a temple full of snakes, and not behind glass. We loved it. The expedition which only cost a little to get in was well worth it. The staff put in so much time and effort to educate us about the snakes and there were lots of opportunity to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Fantastic! A cheap entry and with a few small tips I was able to touch and hold everything! 5 meter constrictors! 4 meter king cobra! Was a small temple but the people and freedom did it for me. Bring mozzie repellent (:

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Adelaide, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I was a bit disappointed with the snake temple, it was a lot smaller than I expected. Having said that it is worth a visit. The roof is very artistic and it is interesting to see the snakes and their breeding ground out the back. The kids enjoyed holding the big snake and there are a couple of nice little... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

It's a bit out of the main tourist areas of Penang but it's a must see. They have some very interesting species in this temple including cobras (spitting and king), huge pythons and a 150 year old tortoise. The entry is cheap and it's a good way to kill a couple of hours. The resident snake handlers are extremely friendly... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

Called in at the Snake Temple on a tour of Penang. We were a group of 2 families (4 adults & 3 kids aged 7-9 years). Kids were very intrigued by the concept of visiting the snake temple. My wife had been 25 years ago & remembers lots of snakes & had heard that these days it was pretty run... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Don't go if you have a snake phobia. The snakes are up high and not on the ground, in fact if they do venture down they are promptly scooped up and put back. Very good place to get up close to wild snakes.

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Anaheim, California
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30 helpful votes 30 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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