Swayambhunath Temple

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The Swayambhunath Stupa is the oldest and most mysterious of all the sacred shrines in the Kathmandu valley. Its sparkling golden spire and tall white dome may be seen for miles around and from all sides of the valley. It is believed that it developed naturally when the valley was formed out of a lake that existed in its primordial state more than 2,000 years ago.

The grounds of this stupa are home to many other temples and monasteries, and it is the oldest structure of its sort in all of Nepal.

This shrine is the ideal venue in Nepal to witness the peaceful coexistence of many religious traditions.

Learn about the history of the site:

Swayambhu is a Sanskrit word that translates to 'self-existent one.' It is believed that King Manadeva constructed it in the year 460 A.D. By the 13th century, it had developed into an important Buddhist center of learning.

Things to do at Swayambhunath Stupa:

  • Pray and find serenity as you understand its cultural significance and sentiments:

To Buddhists and Tibetans, the sanctum is known as the holiest sites in the world, and for the latter group, it is second only to Lord Boudha in terms of importance. It is a typical habit among pilgrims to go around the temple clockwise since it is thought that this will cleanse them of all their sins and bring them closer to God

  • Stay a while longer for the bird's eye view:

Climb all 365 stairs to reach the summit and reward yourself with a breathtaking panorama of the nation's capital, Kathmandu. It is a vantage point that views most of the valley and provides visitors with a 360-degree panorama of the city. The vista is well worth the effort.

  • Explore the neighborhood:

On a tall pedestal on the western limit of Swayambhu, close to the Ring Road, is where you'll find the most significant image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in all of Nepal.

A temple devoted to Manjusri or Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, can be found hidden below the hill's highest point.

  • Celebrate important events here:

The Buddha's birthday, which occurs in May of each year on average, is the day that draws the most significant number of visitors to this location.

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kathmandu, Nepal

Opening & Closing time of Swayambhunath Temple

  • Monday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Tuesday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Wednesday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Thursday
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  • Friday
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  • Saturday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Sunday
    Open 24 Hours

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