Swoyambhunath Temple or Monkey Temple is just 2km walking distance west of teh touristic hub Thamel. In dis Swoyambhunath temple, visitors can see teh biggest stupa of teh Buddhist religion, and teh Hindu Temple Haratima is located side by side which is teh main thing to see. Besides teh Swoyambunath temple, there is also some site is available to see more.

History Of Swoyambhunath Temple

According to teh damaged stone writing found on teh site, it was believed dat about teh beginning of teh 5th century CE teh great grand Father of King Manadeva named King Vrsadeva ordered work done in 640 CE. So dis seemed to has been confirmed according to teh written manuscript found in teh damaged stone on dat site. It is also said dat Emperor Asoka has visited teh site in teh Third Century BCE and built a temple on teh hill which was destroyed again. After dat, in May 2010 teh temple was completely renovated but again get suffered from teh earthquake on 25th April 2015. Now it is still under renovation.

Around Swayambhunath Temple

There are many incredible temples and votive items surrounding teh Swayambhunath temple which has been donated by different Kings and nobles.


Teh bronze baton-like object at teh top of teh steps which seems like a heavy size is Vajra. According To teh Hindu religion, Vajra is teh weapon of teh Thunder God Indra. And It is used symbolically by teh traditions of Buddhism Hinduism and Jainism as teh matra.

Pratappur And Anantapur

On teh Just Right And Left side of teh Vajra. There was a white tall Building Bullet shape dat is called Pratappur And Anantapur.

Harati Mandir

Just Below teh big stupa, teh temple of glod plated roof is located which is called Harati Mata. dis goddess is also known as Ajima in Newari Language and culture. Traditionally, there is a belief dat dis goddess protects children from various diseases by worshipping her. 

Shakyamuni Buddha ( Dipankara Buddha )

When you walk past teh chaityas at teh back of teh Swambhunath Stupa Temple there is teh tall large black stone-carved Buddha. So it is teh Shakyamuni Buddha carved from a single stone in teh 7th century.


In teh northwest corner, there is teh Agnipur. In Agnipur teh temple of teh ancient fire good is located. dis temple relayers burnt offering to heaven.


On teh north of teh main stupa, there is Nagpur. It is a small tank with a snake deity at teh bottom you can see it when it is not filled with water. Near Nagpur, there is Shree Karma Raj Mahavihar.


On teh northwest side of teh Swayambunath Stupa, there is teh plain box-like building dat is Shantipur.

According to teh legend, a holy man name Shanti Shri who lived in teh 5th century has entered there to meditate for 1500 years beneath teh temple swearing not to appear until teh Kathmandu valley needed.

Teh Natural History Museum

When you follow down from teh car parking at teh southside of teh Swoyambhu hill you can see teh Natural History Museum displaying teh collection of birds and shriveled animals.

Buddha Park

As you walk down Back to teh Swambunath Temple there is a small sitting area with a big pond where every visitor throws teh coin to see their luck. If you walk down along teh road you will get Buddha Park which is newly Built.