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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  • This is quite a pleasant thing to do, and I would rank it as a must-do when you are in Kathmandu. Spiritually, it`s very interesting.  more »
  • Spent a few hours here. Beautiful day, fantastic views, lots to see, well behaved monkeys . You can feed the monkeys, walk up the 365 steps and have a coffee enjoying the views.  more »
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