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Bouddhhnath Stupa, like every stupa found in Nepal, there are giant pairs of eyes staring out from the four sides of the main tower. These are Buddha Eyes also known as Wisdom Eyes, and they look out in the four directions to symbolize the omniscience, all-seeing, of a Buddha. The Buddha eyes are so prevalent throughout the country that they have become a symbol of Nepal itself.

The mysterious eyes, painted on all four sides of the stupa's spire, represent the eyes of the Buddha and face the four directions, east, west, north and south. Between each pair of eyes, where the nose would be, is what looks like a question mark. This is actually the Nepali character for the number 1, which symbolizes unity and the 'one' way to reach enlightenment through the Buddha's teachings.

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