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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  • a long staircase to get to the top of this hill, with temples and a stupa. you can admire the view of katmandu and if the sky is clear you can also see the great peaks in the distance  more »
  • 300 steps to reach the Temple are not too many! you will gain a 360 ° view of the city from there . Btw on January 1st entrance was free!  more »
  • It is one of my favourite places to visit in Kathmandu. It is located at the top of a hill, and when you are there, you can see the whole Kathmandu valley. The temple itself is beautiful and majestic but the environment makes it more spiritual. It does not matter whether you are Buddhist or not, you need to visit Swayambhu once at least.
  • Totally beautiful temple... Most awesome and awesome ever seen

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