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Swayambhu is a Buddhist stupa that dominates Kathmandu Valley due to its hill top location. It is sometimes referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the hundreds of sacred rhesus monkeys (or rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta)) that live on the hill.
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Photo 1. Prayer flags lead from all directions to Swayambhu stupa
Photo 2. Buddhist statue at Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple
Photo 3. One of the many resident monkeys stealing from Buddhist shrine at Swayambhunath
Photo 4. Many monasteries are located close to Swayambhu on the same hill. This is the door detail of one of these.
Photo 5. Prayer wheels are turned clockwise by people that pass by to send the enclosed prayers to "heaven"
Photo 6. The eyes of Buddha atop the Swayambhu stupa
Photo 7. Statues beside the 365 steps that lead up to Swayambhunath
Photo 8. Annointed Buddhist statue, one of many.
Photo 9. The golden spire on the stupa of Swayambhunath
Photo 10. A statue at Swayambhu that looks out over the Kathmandu Valley. On a clear day, excellent views of the valley and the snow-capped Himalayas can be seen from Swayambhu.
Photo 11. Prayer wheels are for sale at Swayambhu so everyone can have their own personal one.
Photo 12. There are many examples of fine craftmanship with this being an example.
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