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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  • This is a fun place, once you get up the 365 steps. On a clear day the views of the city are gorgeous and you really get the flavor of Kathmandu. The temple is quite interesting with lots of different...  more »
  • We visited monkey temaple few days ago with 5 friends. We really liked this palce , excellent view from top and many monkeys around thre..  more »
  • One of the sites we most wanted to see in Kathmandu. A stunning stuppa with great views overlooking Kathmandu. Very photographic.  more »
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