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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Penang Snake Temple

The Snake Temple (simplified Chinese: 蛇庙; pinyin: Shé Miào) is situated in Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia and is perhaps the only temple of its kind in the world.

The temple is dedicated to a deity called Cheng Swee Chor Soo. Cheng Swee Chor Soo is known by the Hokkien as Chor Soo Kong and by the Cantonese as Chou-See Yeah. Both names basically mean the same: "The much honoured Chor-Soo". The temple is one of the oldest in the world and attract many devotees world wide, especially from Taiwan and Singapore.

When you walk into the temple, you can probably see some snakes (green in color) laying on the tree's pot or the bamboo trees. The visitors are advised not to touch the snakes for safety precaution.


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