Kathmandu Valley (6) Swayambhunath
Photo: Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath

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27° 42′ 54″ N, 85° 17′ 25″ E


Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple.

The Tibetan name for the site means “Sublime Trees”, for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. For the Buddhist Newars, Swayambhunath occupies a central position and is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, it is second only to Boudhanath.


Map: Swayambhunath
Map: Swayambhunath

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