This temple and Buddhist monastery has existed here in Kathmandu since 1409. It is just off the Patan Durbar square, to the north, you can find it down an narrow alleyway. It has two entrances, this narrow stone entrance is guarded by 2 stone lions, the gateway itself was sculpted in 1886. We visited the Golden Temple for the first time back in 2000, at that time it was known as a rat temple, scores of rodents swarmed around the temple ( click through for pictures from that visit). In 2016, when we re-visited with kids and met Prince Harry, there was not a single rat to be seen. I’ve heard there are tortoises here, temple guardians, but we have never seen them. There is no obvious earthquake damage at the Golden Temple. Lions are a common guardian of temples in Nepal, you will see many more, the female distinguished by human breasts. You can find more photos of the interior of the Golden Temple here.