槟城万脚兰福兴宫蛇庙 (Penang Ban Ka Lan Fu Xing Gong Snake Temple)
- 地区：槟城峇六拜 Bayan Lepas , Penang
- 地址：Jalan Tokong Ular, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang.
History of Snake Temple
The Snake Temple is situated in Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia and is perhaps the only temple of its kind in the world. 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 also been de-venomed but still have their fangs intact. Visitors are warned against picking up the reptiles and placing them on their bodies to take pictures. Local devotees believe the temple's snake population comes there of its own accord.
The temple was built about 1850 in memory of Chor Too Kong, by a Buddhist monk. Chor Soo Kong (also known as QingShui) was born in China with the surname of Tan in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). He was serious about seeking spiritual attainment and was ordained at an early age. According to legend, Chor Soo Kong was also a healer and sometimes gave shelter to the snakes of jungle. When he died at age 65 after a lifetime of good deeds, he was awarded the honorific title Choo Soo, that of an eminent figure revered generation after generation. After the construction of the temple, snakes reportedly appeared by themselves. The temple was originally called the "Temple of the Azure Cloud" in honour of the beauty of Penang's sky.
Believers from as far aways as Singapore and Taiwan come to pray in the temple on Chor Too Kong's birthday (the sixth day of the first lunar month).
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