Swayambhunath Temple
Swayambhunath Temple
4.5
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
4:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Thursday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
4:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Swayambhunath is a glorious ancient religious architecture, located in the middle of Kathmandu city. It is center of faith of both Buddhist and Hindus.
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  • Film G
    New England1,018 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Temples — On a Hilltop
    Get ready to walk. There are two ways up. One is 200 continuous and slippery steps. The others is 100 steps with many landings. Use this one. Beware of the many monkeys. And just enjoy the history and good Karma points you’ll get just from visiting.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Ben D
    United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-visit site in Kathmandu.
    Monkey Temple, is a must-visit site in Kathmandu. The ancient religious monument features intricate architecture, colorful paintings, and stunning panoramic views. The presence of playful monkeys adds to the charm of the place. The serene atmosphere offers a chance for reflection and introspection, making it a remarkable and peaceful experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 13, 2023
  • katherine153
    Lancaster, United Kingdom276 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive temple
    Our first temple on our first visit to Nepal - very impressive with those eyes watching you everywhere you turn. Also known as Monkey Temple and we could see why!! Macaques were everywhere - very photogenic and very used to people. Lots of steps so take it easy unless you are very fit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2023
  • Thomas W
    Noble Park, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hill Top Kathmandu
    Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, is an extraordinary spiritual site in Kathmandu, Nepal. With its tranquil ambiance, captivating views, and rich cultural heritage, it is a must-visit destination for spiritual seekers. The towering white dome, adorned with prayer flags, creates a serene atmosphere for reflection. Intricate carvings and colorful murals depict Nepal's cultural legacy. Friendly local guides enhance the experience with their knowledge and passion. Swayambhunath Stupa offers a profound connection to spirituality and is an unforgettable destination for all travelers.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Cherry G
    World3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect place to enjoy view
    Just about 30 minutes walk from thamel. It's very nice place to explore around the Kathmandu and won't have to miss this place for history and view from top. Imp notice: please don't take plastic bag 💰 with you Monkey 🐒 will come after you. Instead take travel bag.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Wanderlust
    Phuket, Thailand511 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My Favourite temple in Katmandu
    Swayambhunath Stupa known as monkey temple. Has many stairs to climb, make sure you bring lots of water. Be careful with the monkeys, some of them could be aggressive. Once you reach the top, you will be able to the view of Katmandu.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
  • Sonam T
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spiritual Serenity at Swayambhunath
    Resting atop a hilltop overlooking Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath Temple is a sacred Buddhist site with holy stupas, shrines, and monkeys. Climb the stairway lined with prayer wheels and stone carvings to reach the main stupa, which is said to be over 2,000 years old. Take in panoramic views of the valley as you walk around the complex. The peaceful atmosphere fosters introspection and spiritual contemplation. The temple delivers a tranquil sanctuary from Kathmandu's bustling streets. Swayambhunath is a must-visit for a glimpse into Nepal's Buddhist heritage.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • msa23_2000
    Chino Hills, California1,509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and picturesque
    The monkey temple is charming for several reasons. Yes, there are monkeys everywhere. It’s on a hill overlooking the city, and it is quite picturesque. Worth an hour to walk around and enjoy. I feel like going in the early morning before it gets too hot is best.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 21, 2023
  • Explorer
    Klang, Malaysia95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Temple with amazing view
    Swayambu means natural. The whole stupa is actually naturally formed. Amazing if you could imagine how long it would have taken to become into this size. This temple is on a hill. Some climbing is required. Around 100 steps. This stupa is still active. Can see prayers going on and the sound of chanting is so soothing and calming. The view of the city from the hill is amazing and breathtaking. You can actually see the whole city around it. There were also many shops around this stupa. Souvenir and other handcraft items seem to be the most items sold around here.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Peter R
    Dartford, United Kingdom1,253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Temple
    This was our first visit of the day, a fairly steep climb up steps to reach the temple level. Lots of hawkers and monkeys all around. The eyes painted on the temple seem to follow you about and the pray flags blowing in the wind make a lovely sound. Always remember to move clockwise around the outside of the temple. Plenty of photographic opportunities with amazing views across Kathmandu.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 27, 2023
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Dr R M Thapa Syangja
Putalibazar, Nepal64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
You have this temple on a hilltop. You can climb those stone steps - easy walk - or have a vehicle take you up to the midpoint car park from where you need to walk to reach the temple itself. The temple have to be circled clockwise. The smell of burning incense adds to the mystical aspect of this temple. The sounds of pilgrims humming the prayers will leave an indelible mark on you. The view of Kathmandu valley is stunning. You better make your way here after a rain shower for better views during good visibility. Only gripe, they need to have better lavatory facilitates. One of the best places in Kathmandu to visit is Monkey Temple, Swayambhu
Written April 15, 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,531 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Solo
The local driver that I hired let me out of the car closer to this attraction. This made me climb less steps to visit the huge Stupa and other attractions near it.

There are several smaller temples with statues of Buddha inside and a standing statue of Buddha. Several more steps to climb, then I saw a high white tower and the stupa with four faces that appeared to be followimg where I was walking.

Due to its elevated location, I saw the the city of Kathmandu below. Took several pictures here. Note that there are no Entrance Fee here. Also observed some monkeys playing here.
Written March 31, 2024
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was our second visit to this magical place. Each time we spent here a few hours exploring the area. The stupa is large and fascinating. Dense crowds of devotees walk around it in clockwise circles moving the prayer wheels or prostrating in front of statues. The Monasteries of four schools are situated around the stupa.
We visited also interesting stores in the vicinity and dined in a restaurant with the view of the stupa.
Written March 22, 2024
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Best Holidays Tour in Nepal
Nepal14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Embark on an enlightening journey with Global Nepal Trekking to explore the iconic Swyambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, nestled atop a hill overlooking the bustling city of Kathmandu. As you ascend to this sacred site, our experienced guides will accompany you, sharing fascinating insights into its history, culture, and significance.

Swyambhunath is one of the oldest and most revered Buddhist stupas in Nepal, dating back over 2,000 years. Its gleaming white dome and gilded spire, adorned with the all-seeing eyes of Buddha, stand as a beacon of spirituality and enlightenment. Legend has it that the valley was once a lake, and the hill upon which Swyambhunath now stands emerged as a lotus flower, symbolizing the creation of the universe.
Written February 17, 2024
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Shinghs N
Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The veiw of kathmandu city from the top of Swoyambu is amazing. You can see lot ot monkeys around. I enjoyed the evening ambience of Swoyambu. The place is very cool and serene.
Written January 24, 2024
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Joël L
England, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
This was also one of my choices when I was in Kathmandu. And it did not disappoint me at all. But if you don't like monkeys I suggest that you do not go for this. Though, to see Kathmandu from a short distance of your hotel which is usually in Thamel, it's great. Loved it.
Written January 22, 2024
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Shreyas A
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
It’s a quick visit, there are stairs as well as a road the leads up. A huge stupa and a couple of temples around it. Its a good place to visit.
Written December 25, 2023
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Kashish L
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Great place to visit during holidays. Buddhist pilgrimage site with lots of good vibes.
Stay alert with monkeys.
Written December 23, 2023
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Habibur R
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Perfect place to visit when you are in Kathmandu. Definitely right choice for visiting while in kathmandu
Written December 19, 2023
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AlanMichaelWard
Cardiff, UK1,521 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
One of the three great temples which I visit on all my trekking visits to Nepal and Kathmandu.

Monkeys everywhere and several groups of pilgrims chanting from the scriptures.
Written December 7, 2023
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