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Swayambhunath (Buddhist Stupa)

Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit Swayambhunath, a Buddhist Stupa said to be 2000 years old.

The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are all the seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. At first glance you will recognize Swoyambunath as Nepal’s definitive icon. Pay attention to the “nose”, which is actually the Nepali number ek, (one) celebrating unity.

Situated on top of a hill on the Western end of the valley, the “eyes” of the Buddha look out in all directions. Enjoy spectacular views of Kathmandu valley. Guarding the lower stairs of the stupa are a band of amusing monkeys performing acrobatics and angling for a snack.

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