Photo of the Week: Ancient Buddha Statue in Kathmandu

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Travel Photos: Ancient Buddha Statue in Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu is a surprisingly tough place to take a good photo. This certainly isn’t due to a lack of material — the Old Town is packed full of temples, shrines and thousand-year-old statues. But the streets are narrow, hidden in shadow and so fully packed with pedestrians, bikes and carts that it’s nearly impossible to take a photo of a temple or shrine.

As a result, I found myself focusing more on the details, such as this 17th century Buddha statue that I found at the Kathesimbhu Stupa, a popular Tibetan pilgrimage stop just a short walk from the touristy Thamel district. Once I relaxed and gave up trying to get “The Big Picture”, I found myself spending hours happily wandering about and shooting to my heart’s content.

 

 

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Cam January 17, 2011 at 1:10 am

Great shot. I love how many of the Buddha statues have colorful powder on the faces, blending Buddhism and Hinduism. It’s something rarely seen outside of Nepal

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wes January 17, 2011 at 9:53 am

It really is a unique mix, isn’t it? Never seen so many Buddhas in Hindu temples…

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Brynn January 20, 2011 at 2:11 am

Beautiful! I love the colors on the statue.

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