Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

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Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
Taman Budaya Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Vishnu GWK.JPG
The 23-metre (75.5 ft) statue of Vishnu at GWK park
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is located in Indonesia
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
LocationNear Ngurah Rai International Airport
Nearest townUngasan, Badung, Indonesia
Coordinates8°48′36″S 115°10′05″E / 8.81°S 115.168°E / -8.81; 115.168Coordinates: 8°48′36″S 115°10′05″E / 8.81°S 115.168°E / -8.81; 115.168
Area60 hectares
Elevation263 metres (863 ft)
Administered byAlam Sutera Group
Open8:00am - 10:00 pm
The Lotus Pond area
The mythical bird Garuda, as the Lord Vishnu's mount

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (Indonesian: Taman Budaya Garuda Wisnu Kencana) or GWK, is a cultural park located at Ungasan, Badung in the island of Bali, Indonesia about 10–15 minutes driving from Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who became his companion. Planned to be established as a landmark or mascot of Bali, construction of the giant statue of Vishnu riding his mount Garuda, as high as 120 metres was completed in August 2018.

Daily schedule of activities[edit]

The park has a land area of about 60 hectares and is located at an altitude 263 metres above sea level.[1] In the area there is also a statue of Garuda which is directly behind the Plaza Wisnu. Garuda Plaza is where the Garuda statue as high as 18 meters is placed temporarily. Garuda Plaza is the focal point of a large corridor of carved limestone pillars covering over 4000 square meters of open space i.e. Lotus Pond. With a space capacity capable of accommodating up to 7,000 people, Lotus Pond has earned a reputation as a venue for holding major events and international events. There is also a statue of Vishnu's hand which is part of the statue of Lord Vishnu.

The GWK Cultural Park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The entry fee for domestic tourists is Rp 80,000 for adults and Rp 60,000 for students and children. For foreigners, entrance costs Rp 125,000 for adults and Rp 100,000 for children. The Amphitheater of the park has reliefs depicting Garuda Wisnu’s story in front of it. The Lotus Pond also has large statues with descriptions engraved on them. GWK Cultural Park arranges seven dance performances every day for visitors. The dances shown are Balinese, Keris Barong, Nusantara, Garuda Wisnu Ballet and Kecak Garuda Wisnu, with the first performance scheduled at 10 a.m. and the final one at 6:30 p.m. Every day, it attracts "up to 3,000 visitors". Visitors can also watch a film at the Garuda Cinema. The cinema opens every day at 11 a.m., showing a 35-minute animated film titled Garuda Cilik Adventure. Every Monday starting at 7 p.m. visitors can enjoy food from a food truck accompanied by live music and a fire dance. Other performances include a salsa dance at Reato Jendela Bali on Friday at 7 p.m., acoustic music at the Street Theater on Saturday at 3 p.m. and a full moon celebration at Plaza Wisnu at 4 p.m. every month. Every Saturday at 6 a.m. visitors can also join a yoga class also. [2]

The park’s management provides a shuttle bus service named GWK Loop to facilitate visitors to watch the large statues located in and around the park. Ticket costs Rp 20,000 (US$1.38) per person.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue[edit]

Designed to be the Indonesia’s tallest statue, Garuda Wisnu Kencana was inspired by Hindu mythology about the search for Amerta (the elixir of life). According to this myth, Garuda agreed to be ridden by Lord Wisnu in return for the right to use the elixir to liberate his enslaved mother.

The idea for the monument was not without controversy, and religious authorities on the island complained that its massive size might disrupt the spiritual balance of the island, and that its commercial nature was inappropriate, but some groups agree with the project, because it will be a new tourist attraction on barren land.[3]

The 75-m tall, 65-m wide statue was designed by Nyoman Nuarta.[4] It sits atop a pedestal to bring the total height of the monument to 121 m (397 ft), which is nearly 30 m (98 ft) taller than the Statue of Liberty in the United States. The completed monument is about as tall as a 21-storey building. It weighs 4000 tonnes, making it the heaviest statue in the country. The statue is made of copper and brass sheeting, with a stainless steel frame and skeleton, as well as a steel and concrete core column. The outer covering measures 22000 m2 in area. The crown of Wisnu is covered with golden mosaics and the statue has a dedicated lighting arrangement. The monument was completed on 31 July 2018 and inaugurated by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on 22 September, 2018.[5][6]

Multi role site[edit]

The site has hosted some large-scale and international events.[7]

  • On 20 February 2011, British heavy metal band Iron Maiden played the first rock concert at the venue in the Final Frontier Tour with ticket sold out to over 7,000 fans.[5]
  • On 17 August 2011, American rock band Paramore played the second date of their Pacific Rim Tour at the venue. This was also their last tour in 2011.
  • On 25 July 2012, the Opening Banquet of the 60th World Convention of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International.
  • On 7, 8 and 9 December 2018, Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP), the largest annual music festival of Electronic Dance Music in Asia, will be held here. To celebrate its one-decade anniversary, DWP ventured away for the first time from their usual city, Jakarta, and took the event to Bali. [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mengukir Bukit Kapur Ungasan Menjadi Taman Budaya". Kompas. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Six things to do at Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Bali". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Nuarta 'resurrects' tallest Wisnu statue". July 24, 2013. Archived from the original on July 24, 2013.
  4. ^ "Meet the Designer of Garuda Wisnu Kencana : Nyoman Nuarta - NOW! Bali". NOW! Bali. 1 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
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  6. ^ "Jokowi resmikan patunng GWK terwujud setelah 28 Tahun". Kompas. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Success at last for Bali's tallest monument". August 18, 2013.
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