Kapan Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Kapan neighborhood, about 5 kilometers north of the city center of Kathmandu, Nepal. It was founded in 1971 by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, and is affiliated with the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
The monastery is a beautiful complex that includes several prayer halls, meditation rooms, and residential quarters for monks and nuns. It is known for its traditional Tibetan architecture and vibrant Buddhist artworks, including thangkas, murals, and statues.
The monastery also offers various courses and retreats on Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and other related topics. Visitors can explore the monastery and its grounds, attend the daily puja (prayer) sessions, and interact with the resident monks and nuns.
One of the major attractions of Kapan Monastery is the annual Mani Rimdu festival, which is celebrated in the Tibetan month of October or November. The festival features colorful mask dances, traditional music, and other performances, and attracts a large number of visitors from Nepal and around the world.