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“Center of Kathmandu” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Swayambhunath Temple

Swayambhunath Temple
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Cultural Walking Tour of Kathmandu: Swayambhunath and Durbar Square with...
Ranked #2 of 173 things to do in Kathmandu
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“Center of Kathmandu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

if you have heard about the story/legend/myth of Kathmandu and how it was formed, you will definitely understand the appeal of Swayambhunath Temple.

It is said that there is eternal glowing lotus underneath the stupa and who knows it may be true. Certainly the Nepalese believe it. Perched on top of the hill in the middle of Kathmandu, you will be able to view the city from here provided first you climb up the 1000+ steps.

Going around the main stupa, turning the prayer wheels with the background chanting of Buddhist hymns will sooth your soul even if you are a non-believer.

Be wary of the monkeys, they are a funny and sometimes nasty lot. do not attempt to carry plastic bags or any stuffs loosely in your hand for they will snatch given the opportunity. Dont try to be friendly or feed them for God's sake as it will backfire.

Go in the morning or if you have the chance in the evening on a full moon as the true beauty of this place will come alive when hundreds of butter lamps will be lit in and around the entire temple.

Visited November 2012
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“Buddha Eyes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

Situated on a hillock near Kathmandu, it gives a birds eye view of the Kathmandu city. The main temple surrounded by multiple prayer wheels with the colorful ribbons swaying with the wind is a sight to remember. This stupa sports the original "Buddha Eyes"

Visited September 2013
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“Monkey Temple with a great view of KTM”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

The astonishing number of monkeys & statues of worship is what's worth the trip!
Up you climb to the hilltop where there's monkey everywhere, and from there, you will be able to see right over Kathmandu - excellent for panoramic photos of the city!
Besides being amazed by the various statues of worship & the architectural beauty of the place , there were a group of people practicing traditional music when I was there, and it was truly an experience to watch them enjoyed themselves so much & a glimpse of their way of celebration.

Visited September 2013
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“AKA Monkey Temple”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

I liked the structure and mostly the feeling all around....See monkeys everywhere...people from all over the world. I got to do my exercise of the day climbing the steps...love it!!

Visited September 2013
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“A must see in KTM”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

This temple is situated on a hilltop which has got stairs but is not too steep. When you reach there, you will be mesmerized with the soul-touching Buddha prayers being played therein. Also when you reach the other side, you can see the whole city fro therein. A must visit

Visited January 2013
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