Swayambhunath Temple

Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu

Swayambhunath Temple
4.5
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
4:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Thursday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Swayambhunath is a glorious ancient religious architecture, located in the middle of Kathmandu city. It is center of faith of both Buddhist and Hindus.
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alistair r
14 contributions
Apr 2022
Many interesting things to see here, including the monkeys. Walk up the east ern steps for a great entrance.
Written 21 May 2022
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Raj G
3 contributions
Apr 2022
Very big temple and lot of steps to reach the top. Lot of monkeys on the way. Great view of kathmandu from the top.
Written 17 May 2022
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MiaDai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates153 contributions
May 2022
A beautiful place, surrounded by beautiful energy, cafe with view over the Temple, monks and people walking in circles and ringing the bells, lots and lots of interesting shops as well.
Written 9 May 2022
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CKF
CT2 111 contributions
Apr 2022
At the end of our first full day in Kathmandu, our guide took us to the famous UNESCO World Heritage site of Swayambhunath Temple. We aimed to arrive for sunset. As we approached, the entire area was teeming with people. Turns out it was a festival day and everyone was headed to the temple! Usually a fantastic thing to stumble upon, but in these pandemic times, it was rather uncomfortable to be in such a huge crowd. Rated this "average" because of the crowds--and garbage.

However, the colors and local life surrounding this temple are not to be missed. There are two entrances, and because they were limiting car access due to the festival, we took the stairs. Lots and climbing, but nice views along the way. The disturbing this was the amount of garbage--just thrown everywhere.

Once at the top, you'll find the stupa with the eyes and many more side stupas on the extensive grounds. Allow yourself enough time to walk around and absorb the candle lightings, blessings, and the views. It was also noisy. Our visit ended with a nice sunset.

Although I was caught off guard by the size of the crowd, this temple is a must-see while in Kathmandu.
Written 8 May 2022
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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic5 342 contributions
Apr 2022
ust about 20-3 minutes easy walk from Thamel one of the largest stupa and UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking Kathmandu city. To reach the top of the hill you have to climb 350 stairs but you will be rewarded by beautiful view. Before the enter the stupa platform you will be charged entrance fee, maybe by monkeys who hover around. For the foreigners the entrance fee is 200 NPR, for Nepalese or Indian 50 NPR but it seemed to me they were not charged at all. The Stupa is one of the most ancient and holy shrines in the Kathmandu valley and it is important Buddhist pilgrimage destination since 5th century AD. One of the best place to see religious ceremony. The Swaymbhunath is also known as Monkey Temple and it is believed to date back to 460 A.D.,
Written 8 May 2022
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DiMka's_way
56 contributions
Apr 2022
I advise you to visit this place. Beautiful park with a temple. A good observation platform for those who want to look at Kathmandu from above.
Written 5 May 2022
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BMDHOLAKIA
Bhuj, India217 contributions
Apr 2022
temple architecture is unique. place is clean and gives divinity. easily accessible. many places nearby
Written 5 May 2022
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Ruth Williams
2 contributions
Apr 2022
During my sightseeing tour, I visit many places but swoyambunath is the best place for the best view of Kathmandu valley and nearby.
Written 4 May 2022
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Mike
2 contributions
Mar 2022
Most like place while visiting Kathmandu, Our agency recommended this place to visit , its our fortunate we made it in the evening. Great sunset view and Kathmandu city in the evening. We recommend all who are in Kathmandu, don't miss it.!!!
Written 3 May 2022
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P&ZH
Western Canada169 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
If you coming for the monkeys, great, come early because they’re more active before it gets hot. More monkey interaction than the zoo.
If you’re coming for the religious aspect, pick another site, there are lots that are better than this one.
It is a fetid place with so much garbage you could mistake it for the City garbage dump. A local woman tried to mark us with ash then proceeded to drop her pants and urinate in front of us. It is full of aggressive vendors, stray diseased dogs and hoards of monkeys. At least if it was an actual zoo, the animals would receive proper care.
Disgraceful for such a distinguished religious site.
Written 21 April 2022
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  • Wed - Wed 04:00 - 09:00
  • Thu - Tue 04:00 - 21:00
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