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"Swayambhunath The Monkey Temple in Kathmandu (2)" Top 5 Page for this destination Swayambunath Tip by SumTingWong

Swayambunath, Nepal: 22 reviews and 38 photos

  Monkeys at Swayambhunath
by SumTingWong

Swayambhunath, otherwise known as the monkey temple, is located on the top of a little hill overlooking Kathmandu and the Kathmandu valley. The stupa at the top of the hill is extremely impressive (the famous Buddha's eyes are located on this stupa). To get up to the stupa you must walk 300 steps. The bottom part, with the steps, is covered with Buddha image statues, Tibetan Mani stones, and monkeys (that's how it got its nickname: the monkey temple). There are a bunch of monks around, and it is an interesting place to check out. At the top there is a temple complex (which was almost completely destroyed the day after I visited it by a fire August 2003, I don't know if that building is open yet). There is also a small artifact museum at the top. Feel free to spin the prayer wheels at the base of the stupa, just remember to go clockwise.

Note that there is an entrance fee at the top of the steps of 40 N.Rs.

Directions: Swayambhunath, Kathmandu

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 13, 2003
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