The Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu

Just north of the ancient Buddhist town of Boudhanath is the Kopan hill rising up out of the terraced fields of Kathmandu valley and visible for miles. Perched on top of the hill is the Kopan Monastery, which is slowly developing into a recreational center for the locals. Every Saturdays, visitors go to the monastery to experience a cultural feel.

Kopan Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. It belongs to the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an international network of Gelugpa Dharma Centers, and once served as its headquarters.

Technically, “Kopan” now encompasses two separate institutions – the Monastery itself and the Khachoe Ghakyi Ling Nunnery, located nearby. Today, Kopan is a thriving monastery of 360 monks, mainly from Nepal and Tibet, and a spiritual oasis for hundreds of visitors yearly from around the world.


Kopan Monastery
P.O. Box 817
Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 1- 4821 268
Fax: +977 1 – 4820 267