Hanumandhoka (Kathmandu Durbar Square)

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Category Historic Site
Allied Category Nepal Related

INTRODUCTION

It is the historic seat of Royalty. The Durbar Square with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that Kings of Nepal were crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to see here are: Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, the Temple of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Mall, the Big Drum and the Jagannath Temple. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.

On the right hand corner, a large wooden lattice screen hides an enormous gilded face of Sweta Bhairav. The screen is removed only during the Indra Jatra festival.

There are also the Numismatic Museum and Tribhuvan Museum inside the Hanuman Dhoka Palace building. Photography is prohibited inside the museums. Both the museums remain closed on Sundays, Mondays and Government holidays.

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