Top 10 Buddhist Monastery around Kathmandu

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Top 10 Buddhist Monastery around Kathmandu

started after the birth of Lord , the founder of himself. was born in , at the Kingdom of Kapilbasthu as a Prince nearly around 500BC. He then left the palace in search of . Gradually, after his enlightenment, Buddhism became a presiding in the northern areas of the country. also started growing in mostly the central part of Nepal. Ethnic groups from this part of the country including Magar, Bhotes, , started following Buddhism. It is also believed that Buddhism has been influenced by .

The daughter of the first Licchavi , married the ruler of . It is believed that she was the one to introduce Buddhism to Tibet. Both Hinduism and Buddhism was flourishing in Nepal during the Licchavi period. As there is a presence of a half-sunken Buddha in and a statue of Buddha as a representation of in Changu Narayan.

More than 10000 followers from the world come to visit every year in Nepal. There is more than 100 monument in every corner of Valley. Let’s take a look at Top 10 in Kathmandu:

  1. Phuhari
  2. Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery
  3. Druk Amitabh Mountain Monastery
  4. Dhagpo Sheydrub Ling Monastery
  5. Monastery
  6. Bouddha Stupa


Kopan Monastery

Kopan Monastery, built in a hilltop is a Monastery, located at Boudhanath Kathmandu. This Monastery’s name comes from the hill it is located. In this Monastery, there are hundreds of nuns and and they are courses year around.  Every year a huge number of foreigners come here to Buddhism and meditation. This course offers introductory-level courses in what is known as the Discover Buddhism series, dealing with the basic principles of and meditation. The series known as the Next Step series, leads on to a deeper exploration of these principles.


Phulari Monastry

Phulari monastery is located at the top of the hill in southern Kathmandu. It is a beautiful place near Gokarna. This Gumba is a quiet place to meditate, heal yourself as well as fresh . This monastery is very famous for its .   There are two buildings, a beautiful garden, ’s quarters, and religious Gumba where the students learn about meditation inside the premises of Phulari Monastery.  In this monastery, Monks engage intensively in prayer, , , and dedication for the temporal benefit of being and ultimate realization.

Shechen Monastery

Shechen Monastery is one of the biggest and oldest in the Boudha area and well worth a visit. This monastery is one of the six main monasteries of Tibet, was destroyed in the late 1950s. Originally, it was located in Tham, Tibet but was destroyed in a cultural revolution and was rebuilt in Nepal. Shechen Monastery at Boudha held ceremonies in memory of Jamgön Ju Mipham, or Mipham Jamyang Namgyal Gyamtso (1846–1912) – also known as ‘Mipham the Great’.This monastery maintains the philosophical, contemplative, and artistic traditions of the mother monastery.

Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery

This is at the southeast of Kathmandu and lies at the top hill of the Nmaobuddha Municipality. The main Festivals celebrated here are Kartik Purnima and . It is believed that at the top of the hill in the jungle there was a tigress living and was about to die due to hunger with her five little babies who were still sucking milk from her. The survivors of the babies were upon their mother. Therefore, Mahasatwo decided to give his life to the tigress in a bust of and . He then cut his own to feed the tigress. Tigress accepted his sacrifice and left his bones. Later, those bones were brought and buried in the tomb, which is the actual stupa. After many years Gautam Buddha visited that place and declared that he was the of Mhasatwo.

Druk Amitabh Mountain Monastery


This Monastery is also known as Seto Gumba or White Monastery. It is indeed one of the most popular monasteries of Nepal. White Monastery is located at a northwestern hill near Swyambhunath Stupa. This monastery is located at 1500 m above sea level, which is a vantage point for you to watch over most of the Kathmandu Valley and on a clear day, you can watch the too. From an architectural , the monastery is just outstanding, the walls there are decorated with murals, , and statues depicting .

Dhagpo Sheydrub Ling Monastery


Dhagpo Sheydrub Ling Monastery is located on Nala, Banepa, Kavre.  About 1300m from Karunamaya North-West & can be reached from too. This Monastery is known as Nala Gumba . It also focuses on giving proper education to Buddhist children. There are so many and different and sculpture inside the gumba. This is one of the most beautiful but highly unidentified and underrated monasteries.

Swyambhunath Monastery

literally means “self-existent one” also, believed so far back to 460 A.D.It had been built by King Manadeva and by the 13th century, it had become a crucial center of Buddhism. It is believed that Swayambhu was born out of a flower that bloomed within the middle of a lake that when spread across the Kathmandu Valley once was. It is located on a hillock 3 km west of Kathmandu,. Swayambhu is one of the holiest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. It’s said to possess evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake quite 2,000 years ago. This stupa is that the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has many monasteries on its premises too.

Charumati Stupa

Buddhism widened at the of Emperor the great Emperor of , who sent Buddhist missionary groups to different countries including Nepal. He didn’t only send missionary groups but also visited Nepal himself with his daughter, Princess Charumati. Princess Charumati was married to Prince Devpala of Devpatan (present Chabahil) and stayed in Kathmandu valley. Later on, she built Charumati Stupa and Charumati monastery, in Chabahil, Kathmandu. Hence the of Charumati Stupa is around 2,300 years old. Over time, the historical Charumati Stupa has undergone several repairs, reconstructions, and renovations from time to time by contemporary rulers. The available chronicles, stone inscriptions, and order records indicate that the famous Charumati Stupa is an archaeological part of the Kathmandu valley history related to Buddhism.

Bouddha Stupa

Bouddha Stupa is also called Khasa in Nepal which is located at about 11 km from the center and northeastern of Kathmandu, the stupa’s huge makes it one of the largest spherical Stupa in Nepal and it is one of the largest stupas in the world. It is believed that the king constructed the stupa as an act of penance after unwittingly killing his father. The first stupa was demolished by Mughal invaders in the 14th century, so the current stupa is a more recent . The symbol construction serves in essence as a three-dimensional reminder of the Buddha’s path towards enlightenment.

Tharlam Monastery


This monastery of the sect of Buddhists. This monastery is located right next to Boudhanath Stupa.


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