The Snake Temple, built in early 1800, is located in Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas. Devotees come from far and wide to pray to Deity Cheng Chooi Chor Soo, whose birthday is on the 6th day of the 1st lunar month of the Chinese calendar. This year it falls on Friday, 15th February 2013.
As this is the Year of the Snake, the Penang State Tourism together with Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and the Snake Temple Resident Area Committee have decided to hold the first Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival on the birthday of Deity Cheng Chooi Chor Soo from 5.00 p.m. to 12 midnight on 15th February.
Tickets have been sold for the Charity Food Fair in aid of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital. There will be hawker stalls promoting our famous hawkers food for the enjoyment of patrons and visitors to Penang. To feature the culture and essence of Penang, culinary experts from all races will be demonstrating their skills on how to make traditional food. Various shows and cultural performances will also be staged for the entertainment of spectators.
There is also a Snake Farm on the temple grounds to the right of the Main Entrance. It is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. and tickets can be obtained at the entrance to the Snake Farm. For non-Malaysians, it is Rm5/- for adults and Rm3/- for children. For Malaysian identity card holders, it is Rm3/- for adults and Rm1/- for children. They have snake shows for visitors and the main feature is kissing a 14-ft King Cobra by their staff, H. P. Chew.
Snake Temple, Penang
Altar of Deity Cheng Chooi Chor Soo in Main Hall – notice the temple pit vipers on bamboo holders on both sides and the eggs given by devotees to feed the snakes
Altar of God of Prosperity (Tua Peh Kong) in the next room
Antiques belonging to Hokkien Kongsi, Penang in the Hall
Temple pit viper on photo frame of an old photo of Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.
Way to the Pavilion of Goddess of Mercy at the back of Main Temple
Altar of Goddess of Mercy
Way to Snake Farm on the right of Temple
Lilian Chew with Goldie, the albino python
Goldie, the albino python (14 ft long and weighs 60 kg) with friends from Hokkien Kongsi, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and Snake Farm
Chew with King Cobra (14ft in length and weighs 8 kg)
For more information please visithttp://hokkienkongsipenang.com/hockhinkeong.html