Garuda Wisnu Kencana

About Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park is a +/- 60 ha area of cultural park located in Ungasan, Badung Regency, about 15 minutes driving from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. Entering the GWK Cultural Park, you will be mesmerized by wonderful cultural setting of Garuda and Wisnu majestic statues also the grand limestone carved on top of Ungasan hill, Bali. Well known as the host of most prestigious international event, GWK Cultural Park offers a lavish Indonesian cultural heritage for yesrs to come with upcoming monumental Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue as the Indonesian Icon of Civilization, the number one cultural icon in Bali.

The Statue

Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Statue is designed to be one of the world’s largest and highest monumental statue in the world. The statue illustrates Wisnu sitting on the mysthical Garuda. Total height of the statue is 120 m, consist 24 segments and formed with 754 modules made of copper and brass coated patina acid. The world Kencana refers to the gold layering of some core parts of the statue; which makes the total of 3.000 tons of copper to build the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue.

The Story

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue is the symbol of God Vishnu riding the great Garuda as his trusted companion. Vishnu God himself is the God of preversation and is symbolized as a source of wisdom and a guardian beings. He is one of the many manifestation of the supreme God who preserves and nurture the earth. He owns Tirta Amerta (Water which is the source of fertility that gives wealth and live to the universe). The story of Garuda’s birth indeed is told in the first book of great epic Mahabharata. According to the epic, when Garuda first rises from its cage, he appears as the ranging inferno so large he can block out the sun. The Gods begged him for mercy and so he reduced himself in size and energy. After helping the God battling against the Naga, Garuda became the ally of the Gods and the trustee mount of Vishnu. Garuda is the symbol faithfulness, noble devotion and sacrifice.

Cultural Performance

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Regular Performance
Everyday, 10.00 to 19.00
  • Garuda Wisnu Fragment
  • Kecak Garuda Wisnu
  • Barong Kris Dance
  • Sekar Jepun Dance
  • Barong, Bojong, Rangda Dance
  • Baris Dance
  • Sekar Jagat Dance
  • Cendrawasih Dance
  • Topeng Monyet
  • Balinese Parade Kang Cing We
  • Kecak Parade
  • Joged Bumbung
  • Tarian Nusantara

The Venue

Wisnu Plaza

Wisnu Plaza is currently on the highest ground in GWK area, where the most significant part of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue of 20 meters height. On a particular time of the day, various traditional Balinese art are performed with the majestic statue of Vishnu as the background.
The focal point of Wisnu Plaza, the Vishnu statue, is nearby holy water well named Parahyangan Somaka Giri. The well (Giri) is historically believed as a blessing with powerful magical power to heal illnesses and to ask the Gods for rain during the dry season. Due to its location on the hill, this natural phenomenon is regarded as being sacred by the local people and they perceive the water as being holy.

Garuda Plaza

Garuda Bird is a bird from the mythology, described as having a body of half-man and half-bird. This personal ride of God Vishnu symbolizes loyalty, trustworthy, and sacrifice. Garuda is also a symbol of freedom from every shackle and deprivation of human rights.

Lotus Pond

Lotus Pond is one of the main venue in GWK Cultural Park. Lotus Pond is the largest outdoor area with good access and has been well known as holding a number of prestigious world scale events.

Kencana Souvenir

Opening Hours 10.00 – 22.00
700 m2 souvenir shop located inside the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural Park promises a variety of unique gifts especially for you, with more than 5.000 assortments available from Balinese sculptures, stylish beachwear to sterling silver earrings. Come and experience in Kencana Souvenirs!

Commercial Strip

Variety of Balinese shops offer choises of unique and authentic souvenirs from handicrafts to local street food and beverages you can find along the commercial stip just before entering GWK Cultural Park.

Street Theatre

Street Theatre in the site where visitors may find street show performances, this walk path also accommodates the culinary and Balinese Souvenir shopping desire of the GWK Visitors.
Indraloka Garden
The garden was named after the God Indra’s heaven due to its amazing panoramic view. Indraloka Garden is one of the favorite venues in GWK Cultural Park for holding a small to medium sized events.

Kura Kura Plaza

In the mythology of “Kisah Mandara Giri” about the search of Tirta Amerta, a turtle is described as the foothold point that guards the earth from jolt. Balinese tradition follows this belief in olanting turtle sculpture before a building’s foundation for sacred monuments. The sculpture is believed to guard the building’s force from natural disasters.

Tirtha Agung

Turta Agung is the earliest venue that welcomes visitor in GWK Cultural Park. Here we can found the engraved wall tells a story about Garuda Wisnu Kencana, since the Garuda was born until he becomes the ride of God Vishnu.

Culinary Adventure

Jendela Bali

Opening Hours 10.00 – 22.00
The highlight of your visitto GWK Cultural Park is none other than Jendela Bali restaurant. It’s truly the best venue to serve a wide variety of cuisines while gazing upon the stunning panoramic view of Bali Island.
Offers the best culinary experience, which its range of Indonesian, Balinese, Chinese and International variety of food and drinks for your spouse, family and business colleagues.

Beranda

Opening Hours 10.00 – 22.00
Beranda serve reasonably priced all dining menu with relaxing restauran’s decor that brings exotic traditional nuance.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan Kuta Selatan, Badung 80364
Bali – Indonesia
Phone (0361) 700 808, Fax (0361) 703 626
Opening Hours 08.00 – 22.00

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