The Snake Temple (also called as the Temple of the Azure Cloud) is a Chinese Temple situated in Banyan Lepas, Southwest Penang Island District, Penang, Malaysia. It was built in the 1805 for Chor Soo Kong, a Buddhist monk. Devotees from as far away as Singapore, Taiwan and China come to pray in the temple on the monk birthday (the sixth day of the first lunar month). The temple also featured during the 8th leg of The Amazing Race 16 and become a location in Tan Twan Eng is novel The Gift of Rain.
The temple is filled with the smoke of burning incense and a variety of pit vipers. The vipers are believed to be rendered harmless by the sacred smoke, but as a safety precaution, the snakes have been de-venomed but still have their fangs intact. Other species of snake also available in the temple. Visitors are warned against picking up the reptiles and placing them on their bodies to take pictures. Aside from the snakes, two brick wells known as the Dragon Eye Wells/Dragon Pure Water Wells are located inside the temple together with two giant brass bells. In 2005, a snake breeding centre was set up in the temple.
Location : at the south of Georgetown , on the way to the Penang International Airport on Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, near to Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
Opening Hours : 06.00 am – 18.00 pm