The stupa at Swayanabath, on a hill on the western edge of Kathmandu, Nepal. It is also known as the Monkey Temple, as there are many monkeys living there.
A stupa is a Buddhist religious monument consisting of a hemispherical base, and a square top with a pagoda-style roof. On each side of the square are Buddha's eyes which see everything. The "nose" is the number one, signifying the predominance of Buddha. Various ornaments and the pagoda are sheathed in gold plate, and colorful prayer flags complete the decoration.
October 14, 1997.