Boudhanath Stupa–the center of mandala

The Boudhanath (a.k.a Boudha, Bouddhanath) Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world.

Boudhanath (11)

Like Borobudur, both structures are UNESCO World Heritage Site, and both are large ancient Buddhist stupas designed based on mandala.

Boudhanath (7)

Boudhanath situated about 10km from Kathmandu city center. It has been a pilgrimage site for Tibetan and Buddhist for the past century.

Boudhanath (8)



Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple)

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

Swayambhunath (13)

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.

Swayambhunath (8)

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

Swayambhunath (2)


Where is the wet market at Kathmandu?

Wet market is always part of my itinerary when I am visiting any new place.

Kathmandu Wet Market (13)

I faced challenge when I could not find any marketplace in the map of Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Wet Market (12)


Impressions of Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the gateway into Nepal.

Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square Kathmandu (1)

The capital has over 1 million inhabitants.

Kathmandu (14)

Lots of people.

Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square Kathmandu (2)

Lots of pigeons.