Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple)

Swayambhunath is one of the oldest religeous sites in Kathmandu Valley, founded in the 5th century.

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The Buddha eyes (wisdom eyes) on the stupa has been symbolic to Nepal. I skew the image to provide a flatten view of potential look if we are starring at eye level.

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To foreign tourist, this temple complex is better known as the Monkey Temple.

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My first symbolic recognition of Nepal has been the Buddha Eye. The symbol that looks like ? nose is the symbol of unity.

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Both Tibet and Nepal associate a deep link in my memory as the prayer wheels.

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I always visualize the worshipers turning the wheels and chanting for prayer, looking for some form of blessings.

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The temple is visible from Kathmandu Durbar Square.

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Even though some guidebooks indicated that it is 20 minutes walk from Thamel. My observation suggests that it is better to take a taxi to the site because it looks like a long walk and climb up the stairs to reach the temple on top of the hill. Once you reach the temple, it provides a vista view of the cityscape.

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There are few other temples, shops, hostels, monastries on the hill top.

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Visitors could easily spent 1-2 hours at the complex.

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The structures near the main stupa are a bit crowded (not as spacious as Boudhanath).

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As part of the Kathmandu UNESCO World Heritage site, it is worth visit this historical and religious site.

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Locals and pilgrims normally take the 365 steps from East side, and perform the clockwise praying ritual.

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By the way, there is a swimming pool dedicated to the holy monkeys.

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