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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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  • the atmosphere is nice, even if there are too many tourists. I did not go inside as I don't understand why you should pay for a spiritual place. I preferred to read a book halfway on the steps.  more »
  • This sight is not only a spectacular landmark of the city, it also provides some mesmerizing views of the vast Kathmandu valley. Take in the sights, avoid pissing off the monkeys, be careful not to st...  more »
  • Located at the top of a hill, the temple, as well as picturesque, provides a great view of the city. And, of course, the whole attraction of the site: photos, countless souvenir shops, visitors, believers, rituals and the "daring" monkeys. Has to go!
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