Swayanbhunath (Monkey Temple) Stupa
Swayambhunath is known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys. Swayambhu is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. Monkey temple,it is one of the world Heritage place among seven in the Kathmandu and one among ten in the Nepal. Although the site is considered Buddhist, the place is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. A golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines.Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD. Its origins however,date to a such earlier time, long before the arrival of Buddhism into the valley.