Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu

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Watching over the capital from its hilltop vantage point, Swayambhunath Temple stands proudly as one of the nation's most popular tourist and religious sites. Featuring a white dome topped with an iconic golden spire, the World Heritage-listed temple likely dates back to before the 5th century, when it was already a vital pilgrimage destination. The structure endured the devastation of the 2015 earthquake, its prayer flags continuing to flutter in the breeze. Step inside to see a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist iconography, or try spinning the prayer wheels yourself. Make Swayambhunath Temple a part of your Kathmandu vacation plans using our Kathmandu day trip app .
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  • The temple offers good views of the valley. If you are athletic, take the normal route which entails a 365 step climb. If not then ask your transportation to drop you near the top when has only a 65 s...  more »
  • Historically and culturally interesting the earthquake damage by 2015 are currently being restored. Absolutely worth seeing!
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  • This was a Stupa that I was glad I visited. Surrounded by prayer flags, monkeys, sounds of prayer bells and incense smells, I felt like I was really getting to see a part of history come alive.  more »

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