Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) is a giant statue created by a famous Balinese sculptor, Nyoman Nuarta. This statue is in the form of Batara Vishnu who rides the legendary animal garuda as a symbol of Amerta, eternal virtue.
The statue, which is still under construction, is made of 4,000 tons of copper and brass. According to the plan, when completed, this statue will stand 150 meters high with an eagle’s wingspan of 64 meters. GWK will be the largest statue in the world.
This statue is made in stages, part by part. Currently, three statue fragments have stood in three separate areas. The first part is the 23-meter high statue of Lord Vishnu which is currently placed on the highest peak in the Ungasan Hills area.
The second statue is the Garuda Statue. This statue is placed in the middle of an area called The Lotus Pond, which is an area with descending stairs with giant limestone boxes on the right and left sides. The third part is the hand of Vishnu. This statue is temporarily placed in a location called Tirta Agung.
GWK was established on an area of 240 hectares which is designed to be a world-class cultural park featuring entertainment and cultural performances for local and foreign communities.
This area is expected to become a landmark as well as a symbol of pride and characteristics for the Province of Bali. Not only that, but GWK is also designed to be the main vehicle for artistic performances, exhibitions, and other major events – apart from being a recreational destination and a family recreation area.
On the left side of the entrance to this area, there is an amphitheater stage. At this stage, several traditional Balinese dances are performed every day. The Balinese dances that were staged included the cilinaya dance, the old mask dance, the paradise dance, the palace legong dance, the line dance, and the barong rangda dance.
These dances are performed every hour, between 10.00-17.00 WITA. Apart from these dances, in the afternoon, the Joged Bubung dance and the Kecak dance are also performed.
GWK Cultural Park can be an alternative destination for those of you who want a vacation that is more meaningful than just family recreation. This Cultural Park is located in the Jimbaran area, south of Denpasar.
GWK doesn’t just offer a beautiful panoramic attraction. In this place, also staged a wealth of traditional Balinese art that will make your visit to the Island of the Gods leave a memorable one.