Hokkien Kongsi Penang chairman Datuk Lim Eng Soon said the restoration work was now 90% complete.
“The temple was semi-opened to the public during the restoration and therefore for safety reasons, no snakes were placed at certain areas.
“Now the temple is restored back to its original glory,’’ he told a press conference at the temple on Saturday.
Also present was Development, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Danny Law.
The temple founded in 1850 is one of the five temples managed by the Hokkien Kongsi.
The restoration work was carried out in three stages by specialists from China. The temple building and main hall, ‘pai teng’ which is the praying pavilion and the external of the temple were among the areas restored.
Lim said only the nitty gritty details were left to be completed.
Law said there were over 10 snakes in the temple, with 40 more snakes in the adjoining snake farm.
“We hope to attract back tourists, especially the Japanese. The state government hopes to promote the temple through a Japanese magazine printed in Penang,” he said.
He said a flame watching ceremony that had been organised for the past 10 years would also be held at the temple on Jan 31 from 10.30pm onwards with the highlight of the event taking place at the stroke of mid- night.