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.. 🙂

Thamel, Kathmandu [Photos]

December 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Thamel,

A tourist-friendly place you will not miss if you go to Kathmandu. You can buy almost everything; from hiking gear to souvenir. I spend a total of 4 days and 3 night here,1 night before Pokhara (Hotel Silver) & 2 night after Nagarkot (Thamel Hotel).

Thamel has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades starting from the hippie movement when many artists came to Nepal and spent weeks in Thamel. Even though Thamel has been referred to as the “ghetto” by some, most low-budget travelers consider it a tourist heaven” – Wikipedia

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10270332_10203474803123345_244609862846195500_nThamel at night.

IMGP0391Kindergarden behind our hotel (Thamel Hotel)

IMGP0393Found my name there. 😛

Discover Nepal.

November 29, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Will be posting pictures of Nepal soon.. 🙂

Vatsala Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square

November 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Vatsala temple is known for its dog-barking bell which is believed to produce a death knell when it is rung.

‘The most dangerous animal of the world.’ – Boudhanath

October 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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“Never assume by the way someone looks. Even the most innocent face can hide the most unexpected side.”

October 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Awesome street art of Buddha found in Kathmandu.

Buddha Eyes (Wisdom Eyes)

October 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

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On virtually every stupa (Buddhist shrine) in Nepal, there are giant pairs of eyes staring out from the four sides of the main tower.

These are Buddha Eyes (also known as Wisdom Eyes), and they look out in the four directions to symbolize the omniscience (all-seeing) of a Buddha.

The Buddha eyes are so prevalent throughout the country that they have become a symbol of Nepal itself.

Between the Buddha’s eyes where the nose would be is a curly symbol that looks like question mark.

This is the Nepali character for the number 1, which symbolizes unity of all the things as well as the one way to reach enlightenment—through the Buddha’s teachings.

Above this is a third eye, symbolizing the all-seeing wisdom of the Buddha.

Source: http://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/symbols/buddha_eyes.htm

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