Swayambhunath Stupa is a golden peak crowning a narrowed forested hill. Swayambunath is the most ancient and mysterious holy shrine in Kathmandu. The sparkling golden peak on top of the white dome can be seen from miles away from all side of the valley. According to the historical records, the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrim in the 5th century.
The word Swayambhu means “Self-made”. It was given this name because legends say that the Buddha planted a miraculous lotus in the past which mysteriously radiated a brilliant light. And it is said that later the lotus was transformed to the hill and the light became the stupa. The stupa is also known as Monkey temple and you can see many monkeys roaming around the place.
The huge gold plated Vajra ‘thunderbolt’ set in the east side of the stupa
Buddha statue on the west side of Swayambhu
The Sleeping Buddha
The Dewa Dharma Monastery noted for a bronze icon of Buddha and traditional Tibetan paintings
The temple dedicated to Harati, the goddess of all children. It is said that she was an ogress before Lord Buddha converted her to be the caretaker of all children.
How To Get There
You can get to the stupa by walking about 1 hour from Thamel in Kathmandu. You can get there in 15–20 minutes from if traveling from the taxi. But before hiring the taxi you have to fix the price otherwise the driver can overcharge you.