Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu

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Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • 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.  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • It is one of my favourite places to visit in Kathmandu. It is located at the top of a hill, and when you are there, you can see the whole Kathmandu valley. The temple itself is beautiful and majestic but the environment makes it more spiritual. It does not matter whether you are Buddhist or not, you need to visit Swayambhu once at least.
  • Totally beautiful temple... Most awesome and awesome ever seen

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