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The Golden Gate in Bhaktapur

Nepal's greatest piece of art!
Updated: March 7th 2018 | 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 on the way to the Taleju temple and Naga Pokhari.

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 Toran featuring a powerful winged Garuda with a naga (serpent) flowing downwards.

Under the Garuda 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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Full guide:
» Guide to Patan    
Central Patan
  - Patan Durbar Square
 South Patan
  - Mahaboudha Temple
  - Uku Bahal
  - Machchhendranath temple
North Patan
  - The Golden Temple
  - Kumbeshwar Temple Complex
West Patan
  - The Kumari Living Goddess
East Patan
  - The Balkumari Temple

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Full guide:
» Guide to Bhaktapur City
Inside Bhaktapur city:  
» Guide to Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  - Erotic Elephants Temple (Shiva Parvati)
  - Basantapur Chowk (Sculptures)
  - National Art Gallery / Museum
  - The Golden Gate (Sundhoka)
  - Taleju Temple (Mul Chowk)
  - Naga Pokhari 
55 Window Palace
  - Siddhi Lakshmi
  - Stone Lions
  - Pashupatinath Temple (Bhaktapur)
  - Vatsala Durga Temple & Taleju Bell
  - Chyasalin Mandap
Near Durbar Square
» Taumadhi Square
» Pottery Square
» Dattatreya Square
Just outside Bhaktapur
» Kailashnath Mahadev (Tallest Shiva statue)
» Nagarkot

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