Boudhanath symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism. It is located 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu and was built by King Man Dev Licchavis in the 5th century AD Its colossal and ancient stupa is regarded as one of the largest stupa in the world and is built on an octagonal base and inlaid with staggered niche representing Buddha and his teachings. After the Chinese invasion in 1959, Tibetans in thousands flocked to this famous Buddhist Chaitya and energy to the stupa. The stupa is surrounded by several temples or "gompas. The atmosphere of the whole place is lit up with excitement as the fragrance of incense drifts in the air. The chanting of the monks and creaking wheels of prayer can be heard while walks around the base. One of the main sites for pilgrims and tourists in the country.