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Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 – After Dusk

As the sun set over Snake Temple on the evening of Monday, 23rd February 2015, participants and spectators waited for the arrival of the Guest of Honour, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang.  The air was electric with anticipation as the hour drew nearer. There was promise of a great programme lined up for the spectators with the Beijing China Cultural Acrobatic Performance as the star attraction for the evening’s entertainment.

Thank you to our Webmaster Peter Ho and his partner, Chua Boon Keat together with Michael Chuan and Max Teoh Yeam Chuan for taking these amazing photos for Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

24 Drummers getting ready to start off the evening's Official Programme of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

24 Drummers getting ready to start off the evening’s Official Programme of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

Drummer Boys, invited guests and spectators waiting patiently for the arrival of Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Drummers, invited guests and spectators waiting patiently for the arrival of Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

LED Dragon Dance Performance.

Northern Lion Dance Performance.

Snake Performers from the Snake Farm.

Snake Performers from the Snake Farm – kissing a cobra.

Beijing Acrobats.

Beijing Acrobats – contortionist, balancing and twirling acts.

Beiiing Acrobats - balancing and twirling acts.

Beijing Acrobats – awesome balancing acts.

Beijing Acrobats

Beijing Acrobats – twirling and balancing acts.

Beijing Acrobats

Beijing Acrobats – performer with hoops.

Lighted floats made Jalan Tokong Ular looked like Disneyland.

Lighted floats made Jalan Tokong Ular looked like an Oriental Theme Park.

Gerakan Members came to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Gerakan Members came to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Lighted Float with inset photos of musicians.

Lighted Float with inset photos of musicians.

Eight Immortals on Stilts in front of our iconic Snake Temple.

Eight Immortals on Stilts in front of our iconic Snake Temple.

Vistitors.

Visitors to the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 taking a photo with the Eight Immortals on Stilts.  Beautiful.

Spectators watching Teochew Opera Show while Eight Immortals mingled with the crowd and girls distributing oranges.  What a festive atmosphere.

Spectators watching Teochew Opera Show while Eight Immortals mingled with the crowd and girls distributing oranges. What a festive atmosphere.

We will leave you with this image of Snake Temple.  More and more devotees came as it neared midnight to witness the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony.

We will leave you with this image of Snake Temple. More and more devotees came as it neared midnight to witness the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

 Till next year.  Gong Xi Fa Cai to all the devotees and visitors to Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple.

 

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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!)