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“Monkey temple”

Swayambhunath Temple
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Private Half-Day Tour of Kathmandu Darbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple
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Cultural Walking Tour of Kathmandu: Swayambhunath and Durbar Square with...
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Private Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #3 of 187 things to do in Kathmandu
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Swayambhunath is a glorious ancient religious architecture, located in the middle of Kathmandu city. It is center of faith of both Buddhist and Hindus.
Reviewed June 21, 2013

This is definately a must see. Swayambhunath is also called the momkey temple and sits on a hill which can be seen for miles around. Be ready for a slow walk to the temple itself though as there's a step for each day of the year, and they're in a pretty bad state some of them. That said, once at the top, it's amazing. Small temples, shops and other things tio see are here, including a temple that has a resident Buddhist filling his butter lamps, amazing to see. It's also great to see the school kids as they visit the temple and can be seen sitting and eating their lunches, all very cute. If you can get away from the larger crowds it's also a very spiritual place and a great place to chill out and even meditate if you're into that. As I say, this is a must say.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Swayambunath is one of the stupa which were built to protect and oversee the land of Kathmandu. It is near Thamel (a place where many foreigner visits).

It is situated on top of a hill and takes approximately about close to 1 hour to circumambulate for Buddhist. Once reached, there is a giant manmade dorje on top, and along the ascend, one can see many monkeys.

There are a few restaurants and shops.

The main purpose to go there is to pray solemnly, borrowing its positive energy to fulfill what we prayed for.

The site is only a plus.

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

it is neat and clean. no one disturbs you. you can walk around leisurely and have great view of mountains and kathmandu valley.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

amazing atmosphere, this is where i bough my wheel of peace draw by a monk. ( plenty of choice , shop in the different school and let them explain the different meaning of the drawing !

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Amazing experience - this senior buddhist monk asked if I wanted to follow him. He showed me around Swyambu, then took me to his monastery down the hill. The woods out back of the temple are full of monkeys and peace. I don't think I'd walk alone being female, but it was overall a very good experience!

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