Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Kathmandu [Photos]

December 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Swayambhunath,

The first tourist attraction in Kathmandu, me and my travel buddies visited. According to Wikipedia, it is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple . But I think the name is actually derived from the huge number of monkeys lingering around Swayambhunath. They even have swimming pool for monkeys there! The monkeys are so cute but some of them can be really aggressive towards visitors.

We only spend for about 1 and a half hours here.(Thanks to our ‘lazy’ and ‘rushing’ tourist guide..)  Which I’m pretty sure we could spend for about 2-3 hours or more with wandering around, taking pictures and do some shopping.. :P. We were told not to take pictures of the local or monks there as we will required to give some money/donation to that person, especially the monk. (Bare in mind that some of the monks there are actually fake. They dressed up & pretended to be a monk for money.) But I managed to ‘secretly’ took pictures of them there. hehe..

Swayambhunath (Devanagari: स्वयम्भूनाथ स्तुप; Nepal Bhasa: स्वयंभू; sometimes romanized Swoyambhunath) 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’ (Wylie:Phags.pa Shing.kun), for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. However, Shing.kun may be a corruption of the local Nepal Bhasa name for the complex, Singgu, meaning ‘self-sprung’.” – Wikipedia

Here some of the pictures that I took: IMGP0402

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IMGP0410IMGP0406Well, hello there..

IMGP0414Kathmandu city from Swayambhunath 

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IMGP0417Blind monk. 

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IMGP0438Travel buddies.

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IMGP0461Aww.. cute baby monkey.

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IMGP0466Us. Kindly ignore the stranger standing next to me. 

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IMGP0472Prayer wheels.

IMGP0475Kathmandu Valley

IMGP0478Stupa that has Buddha’s eyes and eyebrows painted on.

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IMGP0482Perspective.

More to come.. 🙂

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