The Swayambhunath stupa also know as Monkey Temple
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.