Snake Temple is one of the more unique temples in Penang Island, built in 1850 in remembrance of Chor Soo Kong. The temple is located at Sungai Keluang, Bayan Lepas. Visitors traveling towards Penang International Airport using Jaln Sultan Azlan Shah will not miss it as it is just opposite the Robert Bosch manufacturing plant.
The land the temple occupies was donated by a Scottish man named David Brown. The temple is unique due to the many snakes that reside inside, first time visitors might feel terrified of the snakes however the temple is a peaceful place and the snakes themselves have become an emblem of serenity.
Entrance to the temple is FREE, however to enter the annex building next to the temple where a snake farm is requires a small entrance fee. There are different types of snakes being exhibited there. There are several coffee shops near the temple where you can get some local delicacies or simply grab a drink or coconut to quench your thirst.
Visitors who love cultural spots should visit the temple as soon as you touch down at the airport. A piece of advice, do respect the snakes within the temple even though they are no longer venomous as we wouldn’t want to feel the serpent’s wrath now do we?