Swayambunath, the Monkey Temple
Swayambunath, the Monkey Temple Kathmandu Reviews
Swayambunath, the Monkey Temple Dec 05, 2014
Warning: the pics i took here were before the earthquake last April 25, 2015, so some structures were already gone in the present time.
Legend says that the great Buddha declared Swayambunath as a stupa where wishes could come true. Whenever someone who was touched by wind that passes through the stupa, somehow obtain a salvation from the course of existence.
The history of the stupa goes back into the 5th century and monks, kings and pilgrims from different countries honor it.
Swayambunath or swayambu in short, is a magnificent buddhist monastery located on high hill in the kathmandu valley. As my guesthouse had a rooftop terrace, i could see the gleaming stupa reflected by the sun even a few kilometers away. it also has the best 360° view of Kathmandu, but since the city is polluted pictures may come out hazy.
Swayambunath is home to sacred monkeys. they actually thrive on the temple complex forming family groups. the monkeys are actually violent in some way, as they attacked me and my backpack which had a packet of cookies dangling from the outer pocket but the situation did not lowered my spirits as they exist together with humans that they dont fear them anymore.
the temple complex is surrounded by tibetan buddhist monasteries and hindu shrines, like the shantipur shrine and the druk amithaba monastery. the hindus and buddhist coexist in the compound.
some structures there are used by vendors selling souvenirs like buddha statues, trinkets, thanka and many little artifacts connected to the buddhist world.
a very steep staircase at the main entrance to go up but you can avoid it by telling the taxi driver (if you flag a taxi) to take you to the back as you dont have to climb the stairs.
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