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Penang Sungei Kluang Snake Temple Old Real Photo Postcard Photo by C.S.Foo MalayVintage Real Photo Photograph Photographic Old Picture Post card. Malaya Malay Straits Settlements. Penang, Sungei Kluang, Snakes. Interior of the temple where a large number of live snakes are to be found. Photo by C.S. Foo. 梹城望蘭清水祖師公 Notice on back : Visitors to this "Snake Temple" are requested to Sign their Names in the Visitors' Book and contribute some Alms in aid of the Temple's Fund. In the Name of God I shall pray for all persons who visit and contribute such CHaritable Alms. I Humbly beg to remain Sincerely yours. Joo Si. Head Priest Snake Temple. 梹城望架蘭 福興宮清水祖師公 福興宮敬贈.
Background: Penang (in Malay Pulau Pinang, Jawi:بينانج) is an island on the north-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The offical name of the Penang island is Prince of Wales Island and the town is Georgetown, but neither of these names is in general use. Penang was founded 17th July, 1786, having been ceded to the East India Company by the Sultan of Kedal, in return for an annuity in 1785. At this time the island was almost uninhabited, Penang has an excellent harbour and is the centre of considerable trade.