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Address: Paleik, Mandalay, Myanmar

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Snakes and Stupas

This is a very interesting place to visit when you are in Mandalay. It's a bit outside of town, perhaps a 30-minute taxi ride, but well worth seeing. The so-called "Snake Pagoda... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2017
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Berkshire
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We went when there were no big tour groups. Nice and peaceful. Lovely pagoda with interesting history.

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Bangkok
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

This is a very interesting place to visit when you are in Mandalay. It's a bit outside of town, perhaps a 30-minute taxi ride, but well worth seeing. The so-called "Snake Pagoda" has a "bathing" of two giant Burmese pythons each morning, and then the snakes are fed (don't worry, nothing scary!) and visitors are allowed to hold the snakes... More 

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Canton of Thurgau, Switzerland
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76 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

The temple has become famous because of its python snakes that purportedly stay there of their own volition. The snakes are fed and bathed every morning before noon and this is the great attraction. I found it disgusting and revolting to see the snakes force-fed by worshippers with mixtures of milk and egg that was pored down their throat. Yukk!... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We visited at snake feeding and bathing time, bathing was fine but the feeding of the snakes did not look comfortable for them. Other than the snakes the pagoda is pretty usual for Burma. Remember it is a place of worship and be respectful: shoes off, shoulders and knees covered.

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Thank Hazel R
Western Norway, Norway
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Although I would not say this stupa was totally worth the trip, it was at the very least different from other temples/stupas I had visited. It was refreshing to see something other than the same Buddha imagery and figures. My advice would be to clean up the trash that lies around the temples and tourist sites, but that isn't specific... More 

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Armidale
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This was a Pagoda dedicated to snakes in the Bhuddist belief system. The snakes were large, seemingly well fed and lazily viewing the visitors. When taking up an invitation to stroke the snakes all went well till they moved. I was shocked by their strength and squealed loudly, this was amusing for some but frowned on by others. I left... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Average temple, not really worth the trip out to it. Not when there are so many other interesting temples to see in Mandalay

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Dandenong, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

one could not possibly write and rate them all. but to summarize it all: do the trip and see for yourself ,you won't regret it, is all I can say!

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Hong Kong, China
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016

We went here after seeing a review in one of the guide books and it sounded quite interesting. It is off the tourist trail and seems popular with the local people but I wouldn't encourage a special trip just to see the temple. There are two pythons in a concrete tank which is the focal point of the temple and... More 

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Thank HKDave
Mandalay, Myanmar
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 7 April 2016

Since it is not one of the top tourist destinations near Mandalay, the Snake Pagoda remains one of the less commercialized and less crowded places. The pagoda is filled with hundreds of colorful statues of holy snakes and snake-like mythological beings who protect the meditating Buddha. The main attraction of the temple are the two pythons who reside inside the... More 

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