Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as Swayambhu or the monkey temple, is one of the holiest and oldest Buddhist temples in Nepal. It is an amazing place to catch panoramic views of the city. Swayambhu means self-manifested or self-sprung. The temple was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979. It is located on top of a hill in the west of the Kathmandu Valley. Temple’s lofty white dome and glittering golden top are visible for many miles and from all sides of the valley. Nepal has a lot to offer to you who are loved to discover temples. You can feel an antique atmosphere in the temple.
Himalayan Footsteps® construct spectacular luxury escorted tours in Nepal. Information on one of the most popular tourist spots Swayambhunath is given below and also you can read our Quick Guide: The Monkey Temple here.
Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu represents Buddha’s mind. It offers peace, joy, and freedom to the whole world. The place was raised as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries. The central buildings and decorations of Swayambhunath are gorgeous with Buddhist symbolism. Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu is located seventy-seven metres above the sea level of the Kathmandu valley. The popular temple is also called the “Monkey Temple” because of the many hundreds of monkeys who run around the temple.
A great and amazing thing is that you can see every morning that hundreds of pilgrims will ascend the 365 steps that lead up the hill. Two lions guard the entrance. You can make your trip memorable by also taking in the sleeping Buddha, a huge gold plated Vajra “thunderbolt” set on the east side of the Stupa, and a bronze icon of Buddha and traditional paintings in the Dewa Dharma Monastery.
Buddha’s Eyes, But No Ears
Explore the Swayambhunath stupa, on each of the four sides of the main stupa there is a pair of big eyes. In addition, these eyes are symbolic of God’s all-seeing viewpoint. You cannot find a nose between the eyes but has the third eye, which is signifying the wisdom of looking within. Another exciting thing, there is not shown any ears because is said that the Buddha is not interested in hearing prayers in praise of him.
Do not miss out on taking Swayambhunath Stupa’s very lovely photos. This is the most ancient and mysterious temple of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Visitors get peace and prayers on the little hill of Swaymbhunath with fabulous views of the Kathmandu valley, which is also known as the Monkey Temple. When visiting, it is a great opportunity for you to put your camera to work and capture panoramas, people, monks, architecture, and the monkey’s activities!