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Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa

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Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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A golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are ... Read more
visible for many miles and from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD. Its origins however, date to a much earlier time, long before the arrival of Buddhism into the valley.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Known as the "monkey temple," this stupa sits up on a hill and overlooks most of Kathmandu Valley. Do beware the mischievous monkeys near the temple's entrance, though the top is mostly peaceful and monk-filled.

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London, UK

In the northwest of the Kathmandu valley, this stupa is otherwise known as the Monkey temple. It's the perfect place for panoramic views over the city, and absorb the atmosphere of this monument to faith and harmony.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Swayambhunath Temple is worth visiting if you are willing and able to climb over 360 steps to reach it. Hundreds of monkeys call this temple home, and are considered holy. As you trek up the stone steps, you are sure to encounter one, and the further you climb, the more of these primates you’ll find. At the top there are monks can give you tours of the temple and teach you more about its religious significance.

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Brighton and Hove, UK

Otherwise known as the Monkey Temple because of the troupes of monkeys that hang out there, this sacred site on a hill is one my favorite spots in the city. It's a tough climb to the summit, but there's plenty to see on the way up - colorfully-dressed pilgrims, vendors and cheeky monkeys. The main stupa is festooned with prayer flags and the views of the city are spectacular. There is much more to look at including shops selling Buddhist deities, shrines and …..lots of monkeys!

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, is a holy site situated on the top of a hill in Kathmandu. There are fine views of the city. This is a good place to see the faithful and the ceremonies and practices they perform.

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Local from Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath stupa is located at peach area on top of the hill of kathmandu. The view of city from stupa is really awesome. we able to see a lots of Buddhist and Hindu people worshiping around the temple. recommend to visit here

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Foster City, California, USA

Known as the Monkey Temple, it is located atop a hill in west of Kathmandu City. Swayambhu is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal, for Buddhist Newars.

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San Jose

Three words: culture, scenery, and monkeys! The Swayambhunath complex not only sports its famed 14th century stupa, but also has a number of Hindu shrines. This close proximity of beliefs illustrates how Hindus and Buddhists have managed to coexist peacefully in Nepal for centuries.

The entry fee was only 200 NPR (about $2 US). I came on a Saturday, the holy day of the week for Hindus, so there were no tourists to be seen but throngs of practicing Hindus making offerings and prayers.

The west side of the complex was more vacant of people...but abundant in monkeys! After purchasing a bag of small round fruits from an old woman at one of the shrines, I had to do nothing but cast one fruit into an open courtyard and watch it get quickly overrun by monkeys. They circled around me but were not aggressive. A few greedy ones attempted to jump and grab my bag but I held it high enough.

(The monkeys are use to people but that doesn't mean it's a good idea to pet them or purposefully approach one)

All in all, a great experience.

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Local from Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath Stupa is the holiest and remarkable Buddhist shrine in Nepal lies atop on a green hill at 1340 m. It is said self-made before the Shakyamuni Buddha at the time of lake. Swayam means itself and Bhu means land. The stupa is 2000 years old nevertheless several times renovated. It is located south-west of Katmandu. It is a busy temple known as ‘Monkey Temple’ due to the roaming monkey. Twenty kilograms gold was used at the shrine in 2011. It has a single plinth base with a womb, dome, harmika, thirteen spares and pinnacle. The five descendants Buddha and their counterparts are attached here. The panoramic views of Kathmandu and the Himalaya, including Langtang (7245 m), Ganesh Himal (7429 m) and Dorje Lakpa (6988 m) are fascinating. Three hundred and sixty-five stone steps are set up in the east with few statues of Sakyamuni Buddha and five pairs of an animal. It should be walk 20 minutes uphill or by car to reach there from the valley floor.

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Local from Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhu temple is also known as monkey temple. From here we can see almost whole kathmandu valley air view.

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Best place to relax you mind. You can have a great view of Kathmandu valley.

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Sydney, Australia
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Perched atop a high hill overlooking the city of Kathmandu, the ancient religious site of Swayambhunath (also known as the Monkey Temple for the legions of brazens macaques who live there) is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus, and is one of the coolest visits in the near-Kathmandu Valley. The hike up the precipitous ski-slope stairway, suddenly opening into a view of prayer flags fluttering around the stupa in the breeze, is a favorite memory of my time in Kathmandu.

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Stuttgart, Germany

a nice walk from Thamel. Don't miss to see all of the site, there are several enrances the price depends where you wanna go in. A lot of monkeys there, Of course at the main temple are a lot of shops and visitors but lovely view and intresting temples anyway

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Patan (Lalitpur), Nepal

Great place to hangout .. home town .. religious and cultural place ... symbol of peace ...

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San Francisco, California, USA

I usually walk up to the temple in the late afternoon when things cool off a bit. There's something nice about walking up the steep steps when the shadows are growing long.

Don't be afraid of the monkeys that swarm the place. Don't bother them, they won't bother you...usually. Just don't have food or shiny things that they can grab easily.

Once up top, take time to soak in Kathmandu Valley. Be thankful you're up and out of the smog for a little while.

Take a stroll around the stupa and visit the little shop.

It's an easy stroll from Thamel, if that's where you're staying. Bring a flashlight in case it get dark quicker than you expected. The roads back to Thamel aren't lit very well.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Impressive stupa, with nice views of kathmandhu below. And there're monkeys too!

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Brisbane, Australia

Also known as monkey temple due to all the monkeys that inhabit the temple grounds. The temple is built on a hill overlooking Kathmandu, with some beautiful views of Kathmandu city and surrounding areas. I highly recommend visiting the temple around sunset.

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Washington, D.C.

Love Matthew Crompton's description. All I can add is that however touristy, I still highly recommend the visit on your Nepal Journey. ENJOY :)

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Stratford

A very unique temple on a hillside overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. The hike up is short, yet steep, through a forest filled with monkeys and vendors. Spin the prayer wheels as you walk around, but remember to go in a clockwise direction.

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Beijing, China

I have been there twice. Monkey everywhere. Good view of Kathmandu valley there. :)

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