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Located in the heart of Kathmandu, the Kathesimbhu Stupa is famous for being the copy of the Swayanbhunath Temple. The courtyard, also called the Swayambhunath Complex, is quite a surprise when tourists find it while exploring the region. It comprises of a stunningly grand 16th-century stupa installed in between smaller stupas. The entrance is marked by a concrete gate, and there are no compound walls to the attraction.
The stunning Kathesimbhu Stupa at the centre has a white dome built on a pedestal with a shikhara kind of a structure on the top in gold. The topmost part has something that resembles tassels and is adorned with strings of prayer flags tied from the buildings that surround the dome to the top centre of the stupa. The smaller stupas have beautiful carvings of Gautama Buddha sitting in a meditative posture. There are two temples at the square, one of which is dedicated to the Goddess of smallpox, Hariti while the other is the Drubgon Jangchup Choeling Monastery.
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