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Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival, Penang, Malaysia – A Joint Event by Penang State Tourism, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Snake Temple Resident Area Committee

Date:  15.02.2013

Time:  5.00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Venue:  Whole stretch of road in front of Snake Temple, Jalan Tokong Ular, Penang

 

Gong Xi Fa Cai from Snake Temple, Penang – do come and celebrate Chinese New Year with us.  Proceeds will be for Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, Penang.   Programme for the Snake Festival is as follows:-

5.30 p.m. at Entrance

Arrival of Guests

Lion Dance

Chingay

Walking on stilts

6.00 p.m. (Main Official Programme)

“Chio Tian” Cultural Drum Performance

Snake Dance

Speech by Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean

Speech by Celebration Chairman, Tan Lye Hock

Speech by YB Mr. Danny Law, Penang State Minister for Tourism Development

Speech by YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

Opening Ceremony

Chinese Cultural Dance

Malay Cultural Dance

Indian Cultural Dance

Western Dance

Snake Performance

Singing by Astro artiste

Chinese Shaolin Martial Arts Performance

Singing by Astro artiste

Snake Dance

Other attractions:-

Venue of Indian Village

5.30 to 11.00 p.m. – Snake Queen

5.30 to 11.00 p.m. – Traditional Childhood Games

8.00 p.m. – Snake Performance

9.30 p.m. – Nyonya Baba Performance

Venue of Chinese Village

8.30 p.m. – Tiger & Lion Dance on stilts

10.00 p.m. – Tiger & Lion Dance on stilts

Snake Temple

9.00 p.m. – “Chio Tian” Cultural Drum Performance

9.30 p.m. – Snake Dance

10.30 p.m. – Silk Ball Throwing

Please note that the above programme is subject to changes

Gong Xi Fa Cai from Snake Temple, Penang.  Come and celebrate with us on 15th February, 2013

Gong Xi Fa Cai from Snake Temple, Penang.  Come and celebrate Chinese New Year with us on 15th February, 2013

Festival Snake 2013 with Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang as the backdrop.

Festival Snake 2013 with Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang as the backdrop.

Discussion of preparation of  Snake Festival a la Malaysian style at "kopitiam" (coffee shop)

Discussion of preparation of Snake Festival a la Malaysian style at “kopitiam” (coffee shop)

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Snake Temple, Penang, Malaysia – Flame Watching Ceremony on Valentine’s Day

Date:   Thursday, 14th February 2013

Venue:  Snake Temple, Penang

I give below the programme for the Flame Watching Ceremony (Chia Hoay in Hokkien) at the Penang Snake Temple on Valentine’s Day i.e. Thursday, 14th February 2013 corresponding to the 5th day of the 1st lunar moon of the Chinese calendar.

8.00 p.m.

  • Flower distribution to celebrate Valentine’s Day

9.30 p.m.

  • Arrival of Guests
  • Lion Dance

10.00 p.m.          

  • “Chio Tian” Cultural Drum Performance
  • “Pak Kwa” Performance
  • Speech by Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang
  • Speech by Encik Teng Chang Yeow
  • Prayers to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong
  • “Tiam Ngan” (dotting the eyes) of the Festival Snake 2013
  • Snake Dance
  • “Chia Hoay” Ceremony (flame watching ceremony) to predict the economy of Penang
  • Opening by participants from various temples
  • Fairy Cultural Dance
  • Throwing of Mandarin oranges (for luck)
  • Fireworks Display

 

Other Activities (4.00 p.m. to 12 midnight)

  1. Various “Cheng Chooi Chor Soo” Temples Exhibition
  2. Penang Chinese Temples Photo Exhibition
  3. Wishing Well with Snake
  4. Fortune Pick
  5. Arts Exhibition

Please note the above programme is not finalised yet and is subject to changes.

Venue of temples exhibition at the beginning of the road.

Venue of temples exhibition at the beginning of the road.

Venue of photos exhibition

Venue of photos exhibition in the pergola leading to the Kuan Yin Pavillion

Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean, Lau and Sim (people working hard behind the scene to   organise the Snake Festival 2013

Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean, Lau and Sim (people working hard behind the scene to organise the Snake Festival 2013)

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Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival, Penang, Malaysia – A Joint Event by Penang State Tourism, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Snake Temple Resident Area Committee

Date:  15.02.2013

Time:  5.00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Venue:  Whole stretch of road in front of Snake Temple, Jalan Tokong Ular, Penang

A press conference was called at 11.30 a.m. on Monday, 28th January 2013 for YB Dato’ Abdul Malik, Adun Batu Maung, to present his cheque of Rm10,000/- towards the above Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival.  The Celebration Chairman, Tan Lye Hock and the Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean first briefed members of the press about the event.

Then YB Dato’ Abdul Malik addressed members of the press telling everybody that he was pleased to be involved in this very auspicious festival as it is the Year of the Snake.  First and foremost, he is an “Anak Pulau Pinang” and he has lived in Penang for 58 years.   The Snake Temple is one of the more famous and popular Chinese temples in Penang and he is proud to be associated with it.  He thought the name “Ban Ka Lan” actually derived from a Malay word “Pengkalan” as the Sungai Keluang flowed through this property in the old days and there was a jetty, hence the Hokkien name “Ban Ka Lan”.  That is the nature of our country  because our history is so intertwined with one another that even the names are related to each other’s language and culture.

Press Conference held at 11.30 a.m. on Monday, 28th January

Press Conference held at 11.30 a.m. on Monday, 28th January

Members of the Press taking notes during the Press Conference

Members of the Press taking notes during the Press Conference

Signing of Mock Cheque by YB Dato' Abdul Malik, Adun Batu Maung

Signing of Mock Cheque by YB Dato’ Abdul Malik, Adun Batu Maung

Presentation of Mock Cheque for Rm10,000/- to Celebration Chairman, Tan Lye Hock

Presentation of Mock Cheque for Rm10,000/- to Celebration Chairman, Tan Lye Hock

Group photo taken with the Festival Snake 2013

Group photo taken with the Festival Snake 2013

YB Abdul Malik, Adun Batu Maung posing with a baby temple pit viper

YB Abdul Malik, Adun Batu Maung, posing with a baby temple pit viper

Baby Temple Pit Viper saying "Terima Kasih" to YB Dato' Abdul Malik for his contribution towards the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013

Baby Temple Pit Viper saying “Terima Kasih” to YB Dato’ Abdul Malik for his contribution towards the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013, which is quite amazing because it is a nocturnal snake and is supposed to be sleeping during the daytime.

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Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival, Penang, Malaysia – A Joint Event by Penang State Tourism, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Snake Temple Resident Area Committee

Date:  15.02.2013

Time:  5.00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Venue:  Whole stretch of road in front of Snake Temple, Jalan Tokong Ular, Penang

On Wednesday, 23rd January 2013 RTM came to interview Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Members of the Snake Temple Resident Area Committee with regard to the first Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival, to be held on the birthday of “Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong” which falls on the 6th day of the 1st lunar moon in the Chinese calendar, corresponding to 15th February 2013.

Tickets have been sold for the Charity Food Fair and the proceeds will be in aid of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital.  We will be having lots of exciting activities lined up for you so do please come and join in our celebration.

For more information, please refer to our article of the same name dated 14th January 2013.

Venue of street party decorated with red lanterns giving the place a festive air

Venue of street party decorated with red lanterns giving the place a festive air

Hello baby, how are you today?

Hello baby, how are you today?

Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang talking to Reporter Wong Chui Han

Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang talking to Reporter Wong Chui Han

Celebration Chairman, Tan Lye Hock being interviewed by Wong Chui Han

Celebration Chairman, Tan Lye Hock being interviewed by Wong Chui Han

Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean briefing Wong Chui Han about the Snake Festival

Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean briefing Wong Chui Han about the Snake Festival

Temple pit vipers curling on the eggs given by devotees at the altar of Cheng Chor Soo Kong

Temple pit vipers curling on the eggs given by devotees at the altar of Cheng Chor Soo Kong

Temple pit viper resting at the offerings placed at the altar by devotees

Temple pit viper resting at the offerings placed at the altar by devotees

Sim Siang Chuan, Chairman of Snake Temple Resident Area Committee talking with Wong Chui Han

Sim Siang Chuan, Chairman of Snake Temple Resident Area Committee talking with Wong Chui Han

Welcome to our First Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival

Welcome to our First Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival to be held on 15th February, 2013

Snake Farm at Snake Temple, Penang, Malaysia

Snake Temple, Bayan Lepas, Penang

Snake Temple, Bayan Lepas, Penang

Situated on the right side of the Snake Temple grounds is the Snake Farm.  Its star attraction is its prized albino python called Goldie.  Goldie is 14ft long and weighs 60 kg and it has to be carried by at least 2 persons.

The Snake Farm is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the booth situated at the entrance to the Farm and they are priced as follows:-

Malaysian identity card holders – Rm3/- for adults and Rm1/- for children

Non-Malaysians – Rm5/- for adults and Rm3/- for children

If there is a crowd, then visitors are treated to a Snake Show and the main feature of this show is kissing a baby cobra and a King Cobra by L. H. Teoh and H. P. Chew respectively.

I was lucky enough to witness this impromptu Snake Show and believe it or not, it is more difficult than kissing a girl.  The timing has to be right and I would caution readers not to try this on your own.  It is very dangerous and if one gets bitten by a venomous cobra, one needs to seek medical help within 45 minutes or else the consequences may be fatal.

Way to Snake Farm to the right of Snake Temple

Way to Snake Farm to the right of Snake Temple

Entrance to Snake Farm where the ticketing booth is located

Entrance to Snake Farm where the ticketing booth is located

Dry shed skins of snakes

Dry shed skins of snakes

Chew and his King Cobra (14 ft long and weighs 8 kg))

Chew and his King Cobra (14 ft long and weighs 8 kg))

Chew attempting to kiss the King Cobra (believe me it is more difficult than kissing a girl)

Chew attempting to kiss the King Cobra (believe me it is more difficult than kissing a girl)

Going near and waiting for the right moment

Going near and waiting for the right moment

Chew kissing the King Cobra (sorry for quality of photo - my little camera cannot handle sequential shots)

Chew kissing the King Cobra (sorry for quality of photo – my little camera cannot handle sequential shots)

A WORD OF CAUTION – PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME – IT IS VERY DANGEROUS AND ANY BITE MAY PROVE TO BE FATAL

Star attraction of Snake Farm - Goldie the albino python (14ft in length and weighs 60 kg)

Star attraction of Snake Farm – Goldie the albino python (14ft in length and weighs 60 kg)

Teoh and the adorable Goldie, the albino python.  She is a beauty.

Teoh and the adorable Goldie, the albino python. She is a beauty.

Monkey grooming man?  For bonding purposes? Beware of this cheeky monkey - stand near his cage and you get your hair pulled (I had mine pulled!)

Monkey grooming man? For bonding purposes? Beware of this cheeky monkey – stand near his cage and you get your hair pulled (I had mine pulled!)

Snake Temple, Penang, Malaysia

Snake Temple, Bayan Lepas, Penang

Snake Temple, Bayan Lepas, Penang

It is a famous and popular destination for tourists from all over the world.  They come to see a unique temple where you have venomous temple pit vipers inside a temple.  It is quite amazing to see that these arboreal, nocturnal snakes are very docile and seem unperturbed by the close vicinity of their curious human visitors.

Devotees throng the temple annually on the 6th day of the 1st lunar month of the Chinese calendar  to pay their respects to “Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong” on his birthday.  This year it is on 15th February and it will be celebrated on a grand scale – the first Snake Festival to start off the Year of the Snake.

The one aspect of this temple not usually featured is the beauty and greenery of our natural tropical setting.  I will not try to describe it but I will share with you photos I have taken to show how this temple blends in with the tropical fauna and foliage, making it so charming and alluring to nature lovers like me.

Snake Temple

Snake Temple

Altar of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong in Main Hall of Snake

Altar of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong in Main Hall of Snake

Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang with some antiques

Present Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang with some antiques on display

Antique Bell

Antique Bell from 1886

Old Photo of Snake Temple with temple pit vipers resting on photo frame

Old Photo of Snake Temple with temple pit vipers resting on photo frame

 

Way to Kuan Yin Pavillion

Way to Kuan Yin Pavillion

Covered pergola to the right of steps also leading to Kuan Yin Pavillion

Covered pergola to the right of steps also leading to Kuan Yin Pavillion

Entrance to covered pergola - look at the lush tropical greenery

Entrance to covered pergola – look at the lush tropical greenery

Altar of Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy)

Altar of Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy)

View from Pavillion of Goddess of Mercy

View from Pavillion of Goddess of Mercy

Moongate to the right of the Pavillion of Goddess of Mercy

Moongate to the right of the Pavillion of Goddess of Mercy

For more information and photographs of Snake Temple, please visit http://hokkienkongsipenang.com/hockhinkeong.html

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Snake Temple, Bayan Lepas, Penang

Snake Temple, Bayan Lepas, Penang

A Joint Event by Penang State Tourism, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Snake Temple Resident Area Committee

Date:  15 February 2013

Time:  5.00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Venue:  Whole stretch of road in front of Snake Temple, Jalan Tokong Ular, Penang

A press conference, chaired by Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang, was held on Thursday, 13th December 2012 at 10.00 a.m. in the Meeting Room of Hokkien Kongsi in Snake Temple, Penang.

As Year 2013 is the Year of the Snake, Penang State Tourism together with Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and the Snake Temple Resident Area Committee have decided to hold the first Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival on the birthday of “Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong” which falls on the 6th day of the 1st lunar moon in the Chinese calendar, corresponding to 15th February 2013.

Tickets have been sold for the Charity Food Fair and the proceeds will be in aid of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital.  There will be hawker stalls to showcase our wide array of hawkers food for visitors to our Snake Festival

In addition, we will put on shows and cultural performances for the entertainment of all visitors.  We will also invite experts from all races to demonstrate their skills on how to make traditional food.

Chinese all over the world celebrate Chinese New Year from the 1st to 15th day of the 1st lunar month of the Chinese calendar and in the Year 2013, it will be from 10th to 24th February inclusive.  So we are asking all Malaysians and foreign visitors to Penang to come and celebrate Chinese New Year with us at the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival on Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong’s birthday on 15th February 2013.  It is going to be a Double Celebration.  Do come to our street party as it is going to be a fun-filled evening with lots of food and activities for your families.

Press Conference chaired by YB Danny Law Heng Kiang

Press Conference chaired by YB Danny Law Heng Kiang

Joint Organising Committee after Press Conference

Joint Organising Committee of Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival

Discussion after Press Conference between Hokkien Kongsi Trustees and Tham Wei Wei of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Discussion after Press Conference between Hokkien Kongsi Trustees and Tham Wei Wei of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

YB Danny Law talking to Hokkien Kongsi members

YB Danny Law talking to Cheah Cheng Ean, Organising Chairman of Snake Festival 2013

Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Khoo Kay Hock talking to Jenny Ooi of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Khoo Kay Hock talking to Jenny Ooi of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Goldie, the albino python with friends from Hokkien Kongsi, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and Snake Farm

Goldie, the albino python with friends from Hokkien Kongsi, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and Snake Farm

Hokkien Kongsi Trustees with Joyce Cheah, Project Co-ordinator of AngKongKeng.com and Evonne Lim of OneSMI Sdn. Bhd.

Hokkien Kongsi Trustees with Joyce Cheah, Project Co-Ordinator of AngKongKeng.com and Evonne Lim of OneSMI Sdn. Bhd.

Venue of street party of Snake Festival 2013 in front of Snake Temple

Venue of street party of Snake Festival 2013 in front of Snake Temple