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. Make Swayambhunath Temple a part of your Kathmandu vacation plans using our Kathmandu day trip app.
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  • I really enjoyed this temple and the monkeys. Very peaceful although there was some construction. Nice view of Kathmandu although the smog limited things  more »
  • It was a nice place with amazing view of the Kathmandu Valley. The monkeys were everywhere and that kind of kept me on alert because I have read they can be aggressive. It seemed like a place that is....  more »
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