Penang Trip Part 3 – Kek Lok Si Temple and Snake Temple

As a follow-up to the previous posts, one of the destinations of our trip to Penang were the Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam and Snake Temple in Bayan Lepas.

The Kek Lok Si Temple is situated on the hills of Air Itam and consists of series of monasteries, prayer halls, temples and beautiful landscaped gardens, as well as a huge statue of Kuan Yin.

As for the Snake Temple, it 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 also been de-venomed but still have their fangs intact, so this means that we can’t pick up the reptiles and placing them on our bodies for taking pictures. Local devotees believe that the temple’s snake population has come there of its own accord. The most amazing of it all is that the snakes never run away from the temple even though the temple is totally opened with plenty of ways for them to getaway.

My Itinerary to Penang was: our itinerary: Air Itam (laksa, muar chee(Link) and Kek Lok Si temple) -> Clan Jetties Weld Quay (sunrise) Link -> George Town/City (Khoo Kongsi, Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Cheong Fat Tze Mansion), so tune in for further posts and check out the previous posts :)

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