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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. A visit to Swayambhunath Temple represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Kathmandu vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • I visited this place in feb. The swayambhunath temple is also known as a monkey temple it is perfectly ok after earthquake in Nepal in April 25 2015. I saw many many monkeys but stay aware. I enjoyed ...  more »
  • Best place to be in Kathmandu. The ambience is simply amazing. Just sad to see the site has been much damaged by earthquake and no proper construction yet. 
  • This temple is located in the vicinity of Tamelja (2-3 km through the streets of) so I advise you to go there on foot-look at Kathmandu outside the Tamelja. The Temple stands on a hill, on top of which leads a lot of stairs. The temple lot apes. After Pashupati-not very impressive. Plus annoyed that for every step in Nepal have to pay from 10 to 15 bucks.
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  • Filthy place, anoying monkeys, peace pool is the only serene place. Again, place damaged by earthquake including the protecting deity. They could do a better job keeping the place clean but then again they won't remove the responsible culprits, monkeys... Burning plastic and other waste just next to it adds to the fumes of incense but it doesn't have to be toxic either. Never again for me!
  • Believed to be a self-sprung hill, it is also known as the Monkey temple. It attracts a lot of crowd; locals and tourists alike. It is one of the major religious sites for Buddhists. It offers an outstanding view of the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Its a very beautiful place for peace loving people... it has historic stories encrypted on the walls... I went to this place on 21st April 2015 , jst 3 days before the earthquake. i came back to my home town from Nepal on 25th april and was shocked by seeing the news how this disaster destroyed evrything... i visited many places but nw evrything was completly destroyed... Thnk Gd that i came back early otherwise i would have been somewhre...
  • Also known as the Monkey Temple, this is one of the most peaceful places that you will find in Kathmandu. Climb the ladder or take the road entrance from the back and you will reach a beautiful place. The stupa is enchanting along with the temple of Harati Mata alongside it which shows the closeness of Hinduism as well as Buddhism in Nepal.
  • Climb up early in the morning (6am). Walk around the temple three times. Watch the faithful make offerings and pray. Listen to the music and singing. See great views over Kathmandu valley.