The heart of the ancient part of the city of Kathmandu is the Hanuman-Dhoka Durbar Square. It is a complex of beautiful temples and shrines for both Hindu and Buddhist. Most are built in Pagoda style, embellished with intricately carved exteriors, between 12th and 18th centuries. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It was here that Kings of Nepal were crowned and their coronations celebrated.

Durbar Square is made up of sub-areas. The outer complex is renowned for its numerous interesting temples, while the inner complex comprises the old palace area, Hanuman-Dhoka and its many court yards. The total complex is also known as KathmanduDurbar Square. It is listed as World Heritage Site of UNESCO (1979).