Today Mark and I made our way to the Snake Temple in Penang while Vanessa decided to keep sleeping in her hammock as she is extremely terrified of snakes!
The smell of incense was overwhelming as we entered the temple, we learned that the smoke from the burning incense is supposed to make the snakes harmless as it is believed that it paralizes them, I was still a little worried to find out that the snakes were extremely venomous and still had their fangs! We were assured that no one had ever been bit by one of the snakes... not yet at least!
The temple was built in 1850 in memory of healer Chor Soo Kong, a buddhist monk who made his home in Penang and is said to have given shelter to snakes of the jungle.(1) Once the temple was completed snakes from nearby hills began to swamp the temple and made it their home. Mark and I both thought it was interesting to learn that the temple was originally called "Temple of the Azure Cloud" after the beautiful sky over Penang(2),if it was still named that we figured Vanessa may have actually come with us to check it out!
On our way out we paid a photographer to take pictures of us with the snakes wraped around our necks, it was definately a unique experience!