Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu

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Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • I didn't like much about the place because we were not sure what is the best time to visit. We visited the Swayambhu Temple in evening and there were a lot of people. Place is a bit nasty and some of....  more »
  • amazing temple at a great height. great specimen of art and architecture. you need to climb up 200 steps to reach the stupa. a must visit place.  more »

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