Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu

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Watching over the capital from its hilltop vantage point, Swayambhunath Temple stands proudly as one of the nation's most popular tourist and religious sites. Featuring a white dome topped with an iconic golden spire, the World Heritage-listed temple likely dates back to before the 5th century, when it was already a vital pilgrimage destination. The structure endured the devastation of the 2015 earthquake, its prayer flags continuing to flutter in the breeze. Step inside to see a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist iconography, or try spinning the prayer wheels yourself. Make Swayambhunath Temple a part of your Kathmandu vacation plans using our Kathmandu day trip app .
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  • .. the ascent over a never-ending staircase is a bit tedious but always rewarding. At the moment, due to earthquakes, there is still a lot of construction site. Here you can experience the peaceful coexistence between Hindus and Buddists live, both religions have a temple and sanctuaries here
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  • Now it seems to be a place for tourists and not just the Western kind. I found this sacred place full on industries, taxi drivers, tour guides, and the like. No place for peace and quiet.  more »
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