Admission is FREE, though donations are welcome. Opening hours are from 6am to 7pm.
The Penang Snake temple in Bayan Lepas, south of Georgetown, on the way to the airport is a very old temple. The temple was built in 1850 and was dedicated to the Buddhist priest Choo Sor Kong. Legend says that it was the home of a religious man who gave the snakes shelter and they remained there after his death.
Today pit vipers are to be found draped on altars, vases & tables. The snakes appear docile, perhaps due to the thick clouds of incence that drift through the temple. A photographer in the temple is on hand to charge visitors for photos of them holding the snakes.
When you enter the temple you will find quite a few snakes. Some would say the snakes are de-venomed. Local devotees believe that the temple’s snake population has come there of its own accord.
Visit the snake farm in Penang Snake Temple. Enjoy the snakes and reptiles exhibition, such as 23ft python snake, Albino cobra, King cobra, Anaconda as well as snake show!
Opening Hours: 6am – 7pm Depending on traffic situations, a bus ride from Komtar to the snake temple should take about 30 minutes, a taxi will cost you around RM25.
There is no any entrance fee charge, The Penang Snake Temple Admission is FREE!
The Snake Farm Entrance Fee
The Snake Farm Entrance Fee is RM5.00 for adults and RM3.00 for children, with a discount of RM2.00 for persons holding MyKad. Snake shows are given on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Penang Snake Temple opening hours: 6.00am to 7.00pm.
Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah
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The Snake Festival 2013
14th & 15th February 2013
14th Feb- 8.00pm-12 midnight
15th Feb- 4.00 pm to 12 midnight
Hokkien Kongsi Penang and the Snake Temple Resident Area Committee will be organizing the 1st “Snake Festival” On 14th February from 8.00pm to 12 midnight and on 15th February 2013 from 4.00 pm to 12 midnight at the Snake temple and the whole stretch of the road In front of the Snake Temple.
This festival is held in conjunction of the year of the snake according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar and also the birthday of the “Cheng Chooi Chor Soo” of Snake Temple. The festival aims to promote cultural tourism in Penang and also to educate the younger generation to appreciate and understand Malaysian culture and history.
The program on the 14th February is specially for devotees of the temple and “Cheng Chooi Chor Soo” which includes special prayers and also a “fire watching” ceremony. The “Fire Watching” ceremony is a traditional ceremony to predict the economy outlook of Penang.
On the 15th of February, the Snake Fetival will feature more than 100 hawker Stalls, demonstrations on how to make traditional food and entertainment activities such as Snake Performances, Snake Dance , Snake Charmer and many more. The proceeds from the sales will be donated to Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital.