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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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