Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK)
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, also referred by its acronym ‘GWK’, is a multi purpose open-air site that covers 250 hectares in the hills of Ungasan. The significant highlight in GWK is the yet-to-be-completed gigantic eminent statue illustrating the Hindu god Vishnu riding on the back of the mythical Garuda eagle. For now, the upper head and torso, the Garuda head, and Vishnu’s hands are located in separate sites within the complex. Once completed, the monument will rise 145 meters high and will be included in the world’s list of tallest landmarks.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or GWK, is a cultural park on Bali is famed for the ongoing construction of a massive statue of Vishnu riding on the back of a Garuda. GWK, once completed at 145 meters, will be one of the world’s tallest statues with a magnificent vista of Bali.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park has already become one of the top places in Bali for cultural performances, exhibitions, and conferences are set in 250 hectares of land in Ungasan, south of Bali, dedicated to preserving the art, cultural, and spiritual facets of the island. Nyoman Nuarta, a Balinese sculptor, started the project in 1997; this ongoing project site has developed an outstanding place for various art and cultural performances, exhibitions, and conferences. Moreover, a picture perfect spot to create few unforgettable memories. The outstanding place attracts classy painters and photographers to get inspired and create masterpieces of high momentous.
Once completed, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana will be able to be seen within a radius of 20km from Kuta, Sanur, Denpasar, Nusa Dua. GWK Cultural Park is about 260 meters above sea level, resulting in must-see spectacular views overlooking the island and the ocean. The 4,400sqm area can hold up to 7,500 people for dramatic big-scale events, such as music concerts, mega runway fashion shows, and much more. Facilities here include an amphitheater, an exhibition gallery, open-air venues, two restaurants, a souvenir shop, an art market, a massage center, ATV and Segway rentals, as well as adventurous activities.
There is no such dress code if you just want to visit GWK as it more recognized as a cultural park than a temple. Most of the visitors’ book tours to arrive at GWK between 3 pm to 5 pm to enjoy the sunset views and to get rid away from the day heat; however, the place looks beautiful at any time of the day. The best modes of transportation are private taxis, private buses, bikes or scooters. It is advisable to book GWK with another site to visit to properly use the time.