Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa

The Swayambhunath stupa also know as Monkey Temple

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Perched on a hill 2km west of Kathmandu center the Swayambhunath Stupa is also called the Monkey Temple for the hundreds monkeys living on the hill and near the temple. On the Stupa there is a big pair of eyes on each of the 4 sides which represent wisdom and compassion. The name Swayambhu, mean Self-Created or Self-Existent and come from an old history from Swayambhu Purana.

Guide the Swayambhu Stupa

The best way to visit Swayambhunath is to come from eastern entrance and ascend the 365 steps that lead up the hill, take the left side to turn around the stupa and admire pilgrims and the view of Kathmandu Valley. To leave take the small stairs to the west that leads to a fountain with a Buddha stands on a lotus, this is the World Peace Pond which represent the history of Swayambhu. Get out by the west entrance of the Stupa and down the road. Turn right cross the Buddhist and Tibetan shops up to join the park with Three Buddha where you can easily find a micro-bus or taxi.

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  1. AKA Monkey Temple,

    Pierre wrote on September 22, 2013
    Note: 5/6

    Great view, nice monkeys, spiritual place, a small exercise to get to the top! One of my favourite place to see in Kathmandu but come early or late so it will be a bit more quiet.

  2. View from Swayambhu

    Susmita wrote on February 5, 2013
    Note: 6/6

    One of the best place to have a nice view of Kathmandu

  3. Swayambhu picture at the 300th steps

    Kapil wrote on November 21, 2012
    Note: 5/6


    Stairs of Swayambhu