December 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
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
More to come.. 🙂
December 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
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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October 27, 2014 § Leave a comment
“Never assume by the way someone looks. Even the most innocent face can hide the most unexpected side.”
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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.