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Kathmandu Durbar Square (Basantapur Darbar Kshetra) in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Kathmandu Durbar Square held the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square surrounds quadrangles, revealing courtyards and temples. It is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the palace.
The Durbar Square premises suffered massively and went through a lot of damages in the 2015 earthquake. Many monumental buildings collapsed and many lives taken. Even so, the entity has put itself together and has become one of busiest and tourist place in the city once again!
Palaces that stay intact are beautifully decorated with wooden crafts reflecting Nepali art and culture. This place has become center of attention for foreigners, local people and of course the photographers. The place always crowded. There many cafes, restaurant around the palace which has boost to attract tourist. With good view you can also enjoy delicious food and spend some quality time. It is a place must to visit if you are visiting Kathmandu and are interested in Nepali culture, tradition and art. Must Visit!