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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  • August 18, 2017
    The renovations are not fixed after the great earthquake. Still worth a visit to the plant. Admission RS 200 per person.
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  • August 18, 2017
    The old and legendary stupa Hill retains all its magic: the steep staircase shared with monkeys. I atop the offerings and prayers of the devout colorful around the magnificent stupa. A party
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  • August 17, 2017
    A short visit to Swambhunath was wonderful. A beautiful craft, historic set up, monkeys all over, view of the valley from the stupa...everything will amaze you. A must see sight!  more »

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