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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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  • To be honest I'm not into temples etc but we had a very enjoyable couple of hours feeding the monkeys and looking at the huge Black Kites that sit in the trees at the top. It's a great work out gettin...  more »
  • The ideal would be to ' go there by taxi or bus and to walk down if you have the courage... The view is breathtaking if pollution of Kathmandu does not interfere... so go with maximum clarity... So often very early.
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  • I find this stupa or better the whole complex more beautiful than the other stupas in Kathmandu. The stairs are heavy and there's also a flatter on the other side. It has already made. Beautiful views over the city.
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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.