Swayambhunath Temple

Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu

Swayambhunath Temple
4.5
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
4:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Thursday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Swayambhunath is a glorious ancient religious architecture, located in the middle of Kathmandu city. It is center of faith of both Buddhist and Hindus.
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qc630
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal6 contributions
Awasome place
Sep 2021
beautiful place full fill with greenery natural.many many local shops around stairs. when i reach on the top from there view wow fantastic worth full visit there.love that place.
Written 22 October 2021
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AcsLeal
Brussels, Belgium25 contributions
magical
Sep 2021
Beautiful and magical site. There different little shops around. The temple is amazing, clean and magical. worth the visit
Written 13 October 2021
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jessy23goa
Haifa, Israel27 contributions
monkeys temple
Oct 2020
a long staircase to get to the top of this hill, with temples and a stupa. you can admire the view of katmandu and if the sky is clear you can also see the great peaks in the distance
Written 3 September 2021
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marzia p
Milan, Italy60 contributions
step up!
Sep 2021 • Couples
300 steps to reach the Temple are not too many! you will gain a 360 ° view of the city from there . Btw on January 1st entrance was free!
Written 2 September 2021
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Kelli C
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
Great
Mar 2021
Nice Stupa in Town, Great place and hill, Swayambhunath is truly a must-visit place in Kathmandu, as suggested by thousands of travelers.
Written 22 August 2021
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Ali M
Patan (Lalitpur), Nepal76 contributions
Monkey Temple
Feb 2021
Another must-visit site in Kathmandu. I like to go early Saturday morning with the kids, who love seeing the monkeys everywhere and throwing the coins in the pool. Lots of steps and beautiful views if it's a clear day.
Written 14 June 2021
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Pawan_Shrotria
Nepalgunj, Nepal73 contributions
Nice place to View whole Kathmandu
Dec 2020
Swayambhunath is a historical & ancient Bouddha Stupa located on a small hill-top.
There are a number of steps to climb at Stupa.
One can have a great view of Kathmandu valley easily
Stupa is seen from many tall buildings easily also.
Take care of monkeys, they wont atke a single second time to snatch eatables from you :D
Plz see the image in which Stupa is seen from rooftop in the city.
Written 5 June 2021
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Lou S
4 contributions
Must see in Kathmandu
May 2021 • Solo
Beautiful temple up high with great views looking down at Kathmandu valley. Entertaining monkeys everywhere - just don’t try to lay out a picnic!
Written 22 May 2021
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loo c
belgium257 contributions
best place near Thamel
Feb 2021
cannot live only in thames without visiting this place while I am in Kathmandu. Always good place to scroll around and good to see natural habitat of monkeys in the middle of crowded city.
Written 9 March 2021
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Roddek
Melbourne, Australia417 contributions
Beautiful sights and hospitable people.
Mar 2020
When I visited Kathmandu, one of the highlights was the Swayambunath Stupa Buddhist pilgrimage site tour. It is a vast complex that consists of a central stupa, several temples, shrines, and the enormous, mysterious Buddha eyes on top of the dome that stares over the entire valley. There were numerous guides at the site, and I did not hesitate to sign up for one to guide me around. I was informed that Swayambunath is more than an ancient religious site, but an active living one with pilgrims performing clockwise circumambulations around the stupas. The stupas are hemispherical structures, focal points for worship and meditation. I did climb the long flight of stairs, despite the monkey's erratic behaviour at every corner along the way, which most visitors found to be a pest. Still, one is rewarded once you reach the top and view the thirteen golden pinnacles that symbolise the thirteen enlightenment stages of Buddhahood.
The four million residents in this city rub shoulders amongst the different religions and seem to abide in good spirits. A vast majority of the population is Hindu, followed by Buddhist and small followers of other faiths. Once out of the main drag the outlying districts are choked with motor vehicles, motorcycles, plenty of garbage and heavy pollution, plus cattle and stray dogs that seem to roam around at free will. Apart from the general chaos all day, the people are kind, generous and extremely hospitable. We walked around soaking the views, inhaling the incense, watching pilgrims making donations, and praying to the enlightened one. Apart from being the hopping off point for many trekkers to the Himalayas, Kathmandu is an essential cultural experience not to be missed.
Written 23 February 2021
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