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Snake Temple was built in 1850 in memory of the renowned Chinese monk Chor Soo Kong.

The Snake Temple is situated in the small town of Bayan Lepas on the edge of a highway and is famous for the fact that it has pit vipers living within the temple grounds.

Legend has it that Chor Soo Kong, who was also a healer, gave shelter to the snakes of jungle. After the completion of the temple, snakes appeared on their own accord. Today, the snake population of the Temple of the Azure Cloud is very small, due to the urbanization of the area, but you can still see them coiled up on the altar tables, and you can touch them, if you are brave enough. Originally, the snakes were said to be rendered harmless by the smell of the burning incense, but today, to be safe, the resident vipers are devenomed.

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There is a snake museum beside the temple where there are snakes galore and you can see a staff member occasionally handling an albino Burmese python.

Type: Landmark
Costs: free admission
Location: Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
Nearest public transport: Rapid Penang bus 401 or 401A from KOMTAR
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm








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