Visiting Swayambhunath temple

March 4, 2015

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Today was another sunny day in Kathmandu, and with some free time on my hands, I decided to do some tourism by heading to Swayambhunath, commonly called the “Monkey Temple”.

 

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The complex, which includes this stupa and several temples, is among the holiest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists, and one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal.  The stupa has the eyes of Buddha looking in all four directions, which represent wisdom and compassion.

 

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Prayer flags bless the site.

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Prayer wheels at the base of Swayambhunath.

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The view of Kathmandu from Swayambhunath temple.

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Pena, my personal chauffeur for the day.

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