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The Golden Gate in Bhaktapur

Nepal's greatest piece of art!
Updated: June 12th 2016 | Nepal travel guides


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About the Golden Gate (Sundhoka)


The Golden Gate is an unmissable part of the Royal Palace in Bhaktapur's Durbar Square. It provides the entranceway to the inner courtyard that you may pass though.

The gateway's frame is of immense archaeological, historical and religious importance.  Built in 1753 by king Ranjit Malla out of copper gilding. The intricate craftsmanship has led it to be called the greatest piece of Nepalese art ever created.

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Bhaktapur was the capital city of the Malla Kingdom until the 15th century but remained an independent kingdom until the 18th century. 

There's a permanent army guard by the Golden Gate guarding the entrance into the Royal Palace courtyard. Don't worry though, it's free to enter.


Highlights of the Golden Gate


Just outside the gate on either side is a vase symbolizing good fortune. The Golden Gate itself is made from gilded copper and is said to be the best example of repoussage.

Starting at the top above the door is a Tora featuring a powerful winged Garud with a naga (serpent) flowing downwards.

Under the Garud is a four-headed Taleju depiction who sports ten arms. This the Malla royal guardian deity.

Today people still pay respect to two other important deities shown on gate which are covered in red tikka - Bhairab and Kali.


Entrance fee


There is no fee to see the Golden Gate in Bhaktapur as it's covered under the main Durbar Square ticket. There's is also no fee to enter inside through the Golden Gate.


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