Going To Bali, Indonesia?  In this installment of our Bali Travel Guide Series, we make a trip to Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park – Popular Attraction in Bali

The Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park started development in 1992 (that’s 22 years ago!) with the vision of becoming the landmark of Bali’s tourism.

The place is massive and 22 years on since the start of the ambitious project, we still see construction going on.

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On the long driveway to the GWK Cultural Park.

The entrance to GWK Cultural Park is lined with massive limestone artwork and animal sculptures.

Being a touristy place, the GWK Cultural Centre charges an hefty entry fee of 100K rupiah per person, which is the highest among all the tourist sites in Bali.

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GWK Cultural Park Lord Vishnu Statue

The GWK Cultural Park is largely devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his trusty mount and companion Garuda, the mythical bird.  The iconic statue of Lord Vishnu, 23 metres tall and resides on the highest point of Southern Bali.  It was built with the intention to become the tallest and largest modern day sculpture.

Being at the highest point has its advantages – this was the best place to get a bird’s eye view of Bali and its surroundings.

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Garuda Statue

Just beside the statue of Lord Vishnu was the tallest Garuda statue in Bali can be found.

Garuda is a mythic bird-like creature that appears in Hinduism and Buddhism mythology. According to legend, it is the trusty mount and companion of Lord Vishnu.  Now at least we know where the airline Garuda Indonesia got the inspiration for its name.

The statue of Garuda is a whooping 18m fall and is made of tons of copper and bass, dwarfing everyone else who stands beside it.

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Lotus Pond in GWK Bali

The Lotus Pond – one of the main venues beside the Garuda statue.  Although we did not see any ponds here, but this place is quite central in the GWK complex, and was surrounded by massive artworks of limestone pillars, with the Garuda statue as its backdrop.

Looks like other than being a symbol of longevity, tortoises also have an additional role to play in Bali.

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GWK Amphitheatre

The Amphitheatre is the place where the cultural performances takes place on a scheduled timing every day. It is included in the price of your admission tickets. The performances talks about the legend of Vishnu and Garuda but as we had a packed schedule for the day, we had to give this a miss.

Other than the massive structures of Vishnu and Garuda, there was nothing much else to see at the GWK Cutltural Park.  You could probably visit the souvenir shop for some souvenirs before leaving the attraction.

All in all, we probably spent less than an hour at that place before scooting off for our next destination.

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Bali Attraction Details

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kuta Selatan
Badung 80364 PO BOX 139 Nusa Dua
Bali, Indonesia

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First published 27 Dec 2014
Last updated 30 Dec 2018

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